Former Arizona State and current Cerritos defensive tackle DIllon Faamatau committed to USC football as a junior college transfer for 2018.
USC football’s defensive line rebuild continues with the commitment of Dillon Faamatau out of Cerritos JC.
“I’ve faced a lot of adversity throughout the past couple of months,” Faamatau wrote in a lengthy message on Twitter Sunday evening. “Today I have received the greatest news and assurance that I will be granted the opportunity to carry on my dreams of playing football.”
The former three-star recruit out of Norwalk originally signed with ASU and redshirted in 2015 before leaving the Sun Devils and enrolling at Ceritos.
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— Dillon T. Faamatau (@DillonFaamatau) May 1, 2017
“I would like to thank Coach Helton and Coach Nansen for having faith in me and for providing me with the opportunity to further my Academic and Athletic career at USC. I would also like to thank my family and friends for sticking by my side when I returned home from Arizona and believing that this day would someday come again,” wrote Faamatau. “With all this being said, I am proud to announce that I have committed to the University of Southern California.”
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Faamatau is listed at 6-foot-4, 305 pounds at the junior college level and is set to join USC next year as a reinforcement at defensive tackle.
For Cerritos, Faamatau logged 32 tackles in ten games, including one sack.
USC brought in a strong defensive line class in 2017 including highly-touted recruits like Marlon Tuipulotu and Jay Tufele, both of whom can play defensive tackle. The Trojans also added three-star Brandon Pili as a long-term project with a high ceiling.
Faamatau’s experience should help USC cope with the departures of Kenny Bigelow and Josh Fatu, who are both slated to graduate after the 2017 season.
Also bolstering the Trojans’ defensive line for 2018 is recent four-star commit Tuli Letuligasenoa.
With the two new defensive line pledges, USC’s 2018 class stands at seven.