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Austin Maloata Opens Up Recruitment, Has Yet to Officially Decommit from USC


Steve Sarkisian’s USC Trojans finally have a defensive line coach in Bo Davis, but the defensive line commitments could be shrinking. Malik Dorton is scheduled to make an official visit to Washington on January 31st, while 3-star defensive end Austin Maloata told 247Sports that’s opened up his recruitment just a wee bit.

“I haven’t talked to any USC coaches in about a month,” Maloata told Keenan Bowen of 247Sports. “Right now I am focused on Arizona State and Washington State but I would still say I am committed to USC until further notice.”

Maloata received an offer from former USC coach Ed Orgeron back in May and immediately pounced on it, committing right on the spot for all intents and purposes. For the Samoan national, it was a dream come true to be offered by a school with a history of high-profile Polynesian players like Junior Seau, Rey Maualuga and Lofa Tatupu.

Since Orgeron’s resignation in early December however, USC’s backed off under Sarkisian, as the Trojans have started to look elsewhere. Now, Maloata is following suit despite insisting his commitment is still true.

Maloata told 247 that USC’s disengagement hasn’t been easy on him.

“I’m just disappointed how slowly I left the picture after I was a committed since the first day USC offered me.”

The result is the rise of Washington State, Arizona State and UCLA, whom Maloata visited at the end of the season.

As of right now, USC would have 16 commitments without Maloata, leaving three open scholarships. With 17 commitments with Maloata on board, the Trojans potentially would be incapable of a sweep of their top three targets at the moment: Adoree’ Jackson, Juju Smith and Damien Mama.