Three-Star ATH Matthew Tago Talks USC Offer, Mulling Early Decision

Quartz Hill (Calif.) athlete Matthew Tago had a strong showing at USC's 7v7 tournament earlier today, resulting in a scholarship offer from the Trojans.

Matthew Tago is one of the state's top two-way athletes.

He starred as a dual-threat quarterback and linebacker a year ago but is being recruited more so for defense at this time. He's a tough, physical player, highly instinctive and plays with a non-stop motor.

He's a big hitter on defense, plays with a nice edge to him and shows the versatility to play inside or outside 'backer in college although we like him as an inside guy right now. He has a rock solid 6-3, 225 pound frame and projects as that tough, run stuffer in the middle who can make plays sideline to sideline as well. 

On the recruiting front, Tago has blown past the double digit offer mark and landed a big one close to home on Saturday.

"I was offered today by USC," Tago said Saturday night. "I was playing in the 7v7 tournament at USC and Coach (Clay) Helton (head coach) pulled me over and offered right there on the spot. It was a great feeling because USC is a great program and it's literally 30 minutes away from home.

"I went to the Spring Game and met a lot of the coaches there and they wanted me to camp with them. I wasn't able to make the Rising Stars Camp last weekend so I just tried to do my best out here today and it worked out with me getting the offer so I'm very excited. I grew up a USC fan so this offer is very special."

Tago said his original plan was to take his official visits but with the USC offer in hand, it may have to re-evaluate things.

"I need to sit down and talk with my family about this," Tago said. "Right now, I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I would love to take my visits but USC is a big offer and I think you have to at least consider making an early decision. 

"I have a really good relationship with a few other schools. I like Boise StateColorado and Washington State a lot and those are three schools I would like to visit. Like I said, I need to discuss this with my family and figure out what will be best for me moving forward."

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