Boss Tagaloa committed to the UCLA Bruins on Signing Day over USC, Cal, Washington and Michigan.
De La Salle defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa picked UCLA on Wednesday during his Signing Day announcement on ESPN, choosing the Bruins over USC, Cal, Washington and Michigan.
The Trojans had hoped to entice Tagaloa and teammate Devin Asiasi to come to USC, but missed the boat on the late recruitment.
Tagaloa already has the look of a college-level defensive tackle at 6-foot-3, 295 pounds. That size makes him a prized recruit, especially since he has room to fill out even more. Of course, size isn’t everything but Tagaloa has the technique to pair with it. Perhaps even more importantly, he is not one to take plays off and displays the kind of effort that can make a good player become great.
With that in mind, its no wonder the national recruiting services have all rated him as four-star and among the Top 25 athletes in the 2016 class. He is listed as the 15th best prospect in California by the 247Sports composite.
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Even though USC brought in the likes of Noah Jefferson and Jacob Daniel in with the 2015 class, they still could have used an additional reinforcement at defensive tackle with the loss of Antwaun Woods and Cody Temple, No. 1 and 2 on USC’s two-deep for 2015.
Instead, Tagaloa will bolster Jim Mora’s defense at UCLA, making him a major victory for the Bruins.
Now the Trojans will have to make due with last year’s haul, especially after losing defensive tackle commit Keyshon Camp, who de-committed two weeks ago.