Major USC football recruiting target’s dad walks back critical comments about Clemson

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On Tuesday, Matayo Uiagalelei's father Dave posted a tweet expressing frustration with Clemson's recruitment of his son. Of course, Uiagalelei's brother, DJ, is the Quarterback at Clemson right now. It appears that Dave wasn't impressed with their level of interest in Matayo, however.

“I haven’t heard from one coach at (Clemson football) yet," Dave tweeted. "No DC, no D-line or D-end coach. I don’t understand, do you even want Matayo???”

This tweet has since been deleted. There is a tweet about the situation, however, that Dave made which hasn't been deleted. It was a tweet where Dave shed some light on the fact that in response to this lack of interest, Matayo has kept it "moving" in his recruitment:

This is major news for USC, as Matayo is of course a top recruiting target of this program and has received an offer from the Trojans. SC needs front seven players BADLY, and Uiagalelei would be just what they need. Uiagalelei is a five star Edge (all recruiting rankings and ratings in article are as of 247Sports), and pairing him with a fully developed Korey Foreman someday would spell game over for Pac-12 Offensive Lines.

Interestingly, this is similar criticism that USC football got over their recruitment of Matayo Uiagalelei's brother DJ.

DJ didn't criticize USC football, but did point out that SC didn't recruit him as much as other schools.

Interestingly, this feels eerily similar to what's going on with Matayo Uiagalelei and Clemson. By the way, remember in the above Twitter video when DJ said he and his "whole family are USC fans"? It's safe to assume his brother is an SC fan as well. Perhaps this is a prime opportunity to have Matayo stay home (he plays high school ball at St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California) and play for USC.

Since Dave's admission, however, he did of course delete the tweet. He ended up addressing it too, owning up to what he views as a mistake on his part, and explaining that the decision will not be up to him:

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Whoever gets Matayo will feel like a very lucky squad, as he is the No. 2 Edge in the entire country and the No. 21 player overall. SC NEEDS to establish a wall around California at all positions, but especially the offensive and defensive lines. Uiagalelei is the No. 3 player in Cali, and a must-get for this new staff. Perhaps his father's tweet shows that his recruitment may be a bit easier than expected for Lincoln Riley and co.