Three-star safety Kaulana Makaula announced his commitment to USC football’s 2019 recruiting class, reinforcing the Trojan secondary at a time of need.
It seems good news comes in pairs for USC football, as the Trojans added a second commit for the secondary on Sunday.
Three-star safety Kaulana Makaula made his pledge to the class of 2019 after receiving an offer from USC during his official visit to campus on Saturday.
“After discussing this with my parents and praying about it over this weekend we just want to say that we are so happy to be able to say that we WILL BE APART OF THE TROJAN OHANA AND GOING TO USC NEXT YEAR!” Makaula tweeted on Sunday night, including thanks to God, his parents and family, coaches and mentors and teammates at Punahou.
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Coming out of Honolulu, Makaula rates 1,044th in the 247Sports composite, though he is 10th in the state of Hawaii. Among safeties he ranks 84th.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder made quite the impression last weekend at the Polynesian Bowl, earning a nod from Brandon Huffman of 247Sports as one of the “Locals of the Week.” Huffman praised the safety for his “great ball skills and closing speed” in a performance which included an interception and pass break up.
Makaula joins three-star JUCO cornerback Jaylen Watson in jumping on an offer from USC on Sunday. While Watson’s commitment was needed to help fill the Trojans’ great need at cornerback, Makaula’s signature is a boon to an equally thin safety group.
With the graduation of Marvell Tell and the departures of Bubba Bolden and Ykili Ross, USC returns just three players at the position. Three-star Florida-product Briton Allen, who signed on Early Signing Day, is the only other safety commit in the class for the Trojans.
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The addition of both Makaula and Watson makes this recruiting weekend a rather productive one for the Trojans after missing out on Noa Pola-Gates last week.
The Trojans now have 23 players slated for the class of 2019, with 19 already signed. Makaula, Watson, fellow Polynesian Bowl standout Puka Nacua and Kyle Ford are committed to sign on the late Signing Day on February 6.