Clay Helton’s USC football team continues to mine for defensive linemen, picking up a commitment from 2018 four-star defensive tackle Tuli Letuligasenoa.
At 6-foot-2, 295 pounds, Tuli Letuligasenoa is a big-bodied defensive tackle with a future in Clancy Pendergast’s versatile defensive scheme at USC. It makes sense why the Concord De La Salle product gave the Trojans a verbal commitment on Sunday, becoming the sixth commit in the 2018 recruiting class.
Letuligasenoa, who was on hand last weekend for the annual spring game at the LA Coliseum, ranks as the nation’s 13th defensive tackle in the 247Sports Composite, and the 125th overall recruit.
The announcement of the commitment came out on Twitter, after originally being broken by Scout’s Brandon Huffman.
Letuligasenoa is the third major get on the defensive line since USC won the Rose Bowl, joining 2017 signees Marlon Tuipulotu and Jay Tufele.
Together, they help USC rebuild the future of a defensive line that has been ravished by attrition in recent years. Five seniors graduated after the 2015 season, while Noah Jefferson announced his intentions to transfer in the middle of 2016.
All told, USC’s six commitments in the 2018 recruiting class put Helton in a prime spot to finish strong. The group currently features a pair of five-stars in quarterback Matt Corral and linebacker Palaie Gaoteote, in addition to three linebackers. Letuligasenoa is the first lineman to pledge to the Trojans in this recruiting cycle.