Maloata chooses Oregon

Corona (Calif.) Centennial defensive end Austin Maloata discusses why he committed to Oregon on Saturday morning.

Defensive end Austin Maloata became the 18th verbal commit for Oregon early on Saturday morning with a rather sudden announcement. The three star defensive end told eDuck that he knew Oregon was the right place because of how hard they pushed after he parted ways with USC.

"Oregon was efficient and they've been talking to me since the day USC left," Maloata said.

Maloata said the decision came after discussions with his family and he relied heavily on trusting his faith.

"Where I'm from, I put family first in all things that I do," Maloata said. "We came on the visit here and my dad said he liked it, my mom said she enjoyed it. I talked to my aunt and uncle, and we were all talking…and it all just clicked together."

Maloata said he was welcomed by the coaches and remarked at how nice his teammates are. He said he's ready to sign and become a Duck, where he will likely play nose tackle. The coaches already have a plan to improve his game and Maloata is ready to get started.

"They said when I come here they're going to work on my hips, work with me to be more flexible, you know, just bigger and faster," he said.

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