SAN LEANDRO, Calif. -- Recently, four-star defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa named his top 12, including such national stalwarts as Ole Miss, Alabama, Michigan and Tennessee, but also a heaping helping of Pac-12 schools.
“I think, for the most part, it’s just education, because I want to major in broadcasting or kinesiology, so those schools really fit that, what I want to be in life,” Tagaloa said at The Opening Oakland Regional on Sunday. “Another thing is the football program, and the coaches. I really got a good vibe with those coaches, and I keep in contact with most of them. That top 12, I felt pretty safe about it.”
Tagaloa won’t be making any more cuts from now until Signing Day, when he will commit and sign. Of course, he’ll have to make a decision on which schools to officially visit, though those will mostly likely go to schools far from his home.
When it comes to schools closer to home – like California – he’ll likely take unofficials. He said that he’ll definitely try to get to a Bears game this season, since Sonny Dykes and his program made Tagaloa’s top 12, as well.
“Just the school, education-wise, and which will provide me with the best education, for life after football,” Tagaloa said of what he’s looking for in a prospective school.
His relationship with Dykes was what Tagaloa cited as one of the reasons that Cal made such a good early impression on him.
“It’s really good. I like what they’re doing in their program,” Tagaloa said. “They’re really changing it around these last few years, and they had a pretty good class this year, so I think that whole program is coming together pretty well. That’s why they’re in my top 12.”
The 6-foot-2, 303-pound defensive tackle – the top tackle in the West – has also formed a good relationship with defensive line coach Fred Tate.
“I talk to him quite a bit. He’s a really good guy, a really good coach, also. He’s got a sense of humor. It works for him. He’s a real good coach. He has a good mind for the game.”