Concord (Calif.) De La Salle lineman Boss Tagaloa has been on a bit of a recruiting roll lately. Suitors continue to line up for the Golden State star despite a junior campaign during which he says he didn’t turn in his best individual performance.
“Things went pretty good on the football field last year, but I was not explosive like I wanted it to be,” stated Tagaloa. “I think that what held me back was the injury that I had at the beginning of the year. During the offseason I went to one of the football camps (got injured), and I think that kind of messed me up. I played, but I was about 75% this whole season. Hopefully I’ll get to 100% by the beginning of (next) season.”
That Tagaloa was even 75% is a true testament of his will and athleticism. The 6-3, 290-pounder broke his fibula and fractured his ankle in April at the aforementioned. Then after rehabbing to a fraction of his former self, he still displayed flashes of dominance en route to helping his team to a state title. His showing was impressive enough to garner offers from Power Five big timers like UCLA, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, and as of Monday, Michigan.
“Coach Harbaugh (direct messaged) me asking if I could call their offensive line coach, Coach Drevno,” Tagaloa recalled. “I gave him a call and he talked about the school for a while. Then that is when it happened. I can’t even explain (how it felt). It is something that you can’t put into words, I was just really thankful for it.”
“I felt like out of the blue. I was really surprised especially with Coach Harbaugh there now. I’ve been talking to the coaches for a while now, but the offer came out of nowhere.”
The suddenness of the move clearly contributed to its flabbergasting effect, but it was mostly attributable to Tagaloa’s high regard for Michigan’s new headman.
“I’m a big fan of Coach Harbaugh when he was at the 49ers,” he said. “He changed that whole program around. I feel like what he did with the 49ers, he’s going to do the same thing with Michigan. That’s probably the main thing.”
With his Maize & Blue offer now in tow, Tagaloa has made it point to give the Wolverines a much stronger look. That means giving serious thought to putting his positional preference (defensive end or defensive tackle) to the side.
“(Defense) is where my heart is set at,” Tagaloa admitted. “Coach Drevno is actually talking about if I can play center or something. I think that is what changed it all up. I never thought of it like that before. He said I could (play defense) if I wanted to. He said I could play either. He said it is all up to me.”
All in all it was a good first impression for the Wolverines, but in order to further it they know they have to get the four-star lineman on campus.
“I’m sure when I am going to (make it to Ann Arbor),” said Tagaloa. “I still have to plan it all out. I’d probably have to wait for it to be an official. I haven’t taken many visits yet. The only one that I’ve taken so far is Cal. That was pretty cool. I don’t think I’m going to take any visits this summer. I’m kind of just focused on our season coming up. I don’t have a top five yet. I’m saving it for next year after the season.”
And when the time comes to make that ultimate decision Tagaloa insists it will be largely based on one very basic consideration.
“(It will come down to) life after college probably,“ he said. “Like when football is done, what I am going to be doing with my life?”
“I just want to see which program will give me the best degree.”