Three-star offensive guard Tilini Livai committed to the USC football recruiting class for 2019 on Sunday night, jumping on a weekend offer from the Trojans.
USC football’s recruiting efforts for the 2019 class have been quieter than expected, but the Trojans got the ball rolling now that the 2018 season is over by landing the commitment of guard Tilini Livai.
The three-star out of Narbonne received an offer from head coach Clay Helton this weekend and didn’t need long to consider his options.
“Wow! Super excited to announce that I’ve been offered and will accept the offer from USC,” Livai wrote on Twitter. “I want to COMMIT to continuing my academic and athletic goals with the Trojans! Thank you Coach Helton!”
Standing 6-foot-3, 300 pounds, Livai ranks 106th among offensive guards in the class of 2019. He is 232nd in the state of California and 1,984th nationally, per 247Sports. He also had offers from Hawaii, Iowa State and New Mexico.
Livai is a teammate of four-star offensive tackle Jonah Tauanu’u, an Oregon commit who USC has pursued for the class of 2019.
The Trojans have one tackle committed for the coming cycle, four-star Jason Rodriguez out of Hesperia, but Livai is the first guard on the board.
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The current squad will see starter Chris Brown and back up Jordan Austin depart from the position with expended eligbility. The return of Andrew Vorhees, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Jacob Daniel and Frank Martin, in addition to the versatility of center Justin Dedich, gives the Trojans some depth to work with in 2019. However, the addition of Livai should help strengthen that depth.
USC also has offers out to guards like four-star Enokk Vimahi from Hawaii, three-star Sataoa Laumea from Rialto and three-star Nick Pendley from Georgia, should they wish to bring in another prospect.
The Trojans’ class of 2019 now sits poised with 15 commits. Rodriguez is the highest-ranked commit in the class, joined by four-star cornerback Max Wiliams and four-star linebacker Maninoa Tufono.
USC is expected to do quite a bit of work between now and the early signing period in mid-December. The Trojans are ranked fourth in the Pac-12 and an unusually-low 27th nationally in the 247Sports composite team rankings.