Tagaloa Recaps Visit to UCLA

Apr. 10 -- Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa -- the #1 DT in the west for 2016 -- took a visit to UCLA on Thursday and it looks like the Bruins are in a good place for the elite tackle prospect...

Boss Tagaloa is currently rated the No. 1 DT prospect in the West and the No. 36 overall prospect in the nation. He had a dominant junior season despite playing at what he estimated to be about 75% after breaking his fibula and fracturing his ankle last April.

The tackle is all of 6-3, 290 pounds and will have no problem carrying an additional 10-15 pounds when he gets to college. He's a natural fit as a nose guard but moves around well enough to play multiple roles on the line.

On the recruiting front, Tagaloa was in Westwood on Thursday to check out UCLA.

"It was a great visit, I loved it there," Tagaloa said. "I was there from about 11-5, so I spent about six hours there and I love the campus. I was with Coach Angus (McClure) the whole time and we have a great relationship, we're very close and I like him a lot.

"I toured the whole campus, saw the football facilities, the locker room, weight room, everything. I didn't get to watch practice or talk with Coach Mora but I'll be back on Saturday to meet with him and watch the team so I'm looking forward to that."

Tagaloa said he talked with McClure about his potential role on the defensive line and how he would be used.

"There were no promises about starting or anything but Coach Angus told me I can come in and work hard and if I was ready, I would play early," Tagaloa said. "I know I have to earn it and that's fine with me, that's all I'm looking for is an opportunity.

"I know they have a big need for lineman, they don't have a ton of depth. They have Kenny Clark at NG but not a lot of depth behind him. I could play a lot of different roles. They said I can be a nose but could also play a 4-high and a 3-tech combo, sort of how they used Owa (Odighizuwa).

"I could also play a position similar to how they use Eddie Vanderdoes. That man is a monster, he and Kenny are great players and could leave early. So there's definitely an opportunity to play and the system really fits me well."

As good as the visit was, Tagaloa said he wasn't prepared to name any leaders just yet and is still open in the recruiting process.

"I'm not close to narrowing things down," Tagaloa said. "I plan to take all my visits and won't make a decision until Signing Day, at least that's the plan now. I haven't even thought about where I'll visit yet, I know UCLA will be one for sure but I don't know any other trips. I'm just going to play it out and hopefully narrow things down by the end of the summer."

Tagaloa has offers from most of the Pac 12 along with national programs like Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

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