Tagaloa Recaps Second UCLA Visit

Apr. 11 -- Four-star defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa visited UCLA for the second time in three days on Saturday and really enjoyed his visit...

After visiting the UCLA campus on Thursday, four-star defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa made his way to Westwood again on Saturday to watch a full practice and hang out more with players and coaches.

"It was nice," Tagaloa said of the second visit. "It's just beautiful over there. I like the campus and everything. It was a nice visit."

Tagaloa made the second visit in large part to watch more of practice, as he was only able to watch the last few minutes of Thursday's practice. He came away impressed with the technical knowledge of the man who may end up his position coach in college.

"Their defensive line is just amazing," Tagaloa said. "They get off the line really well and are just explosive. I love the way Coach (Angus) McClure coaches them, he gives them great tips on their technique because he can come at it from an offensive line perspective since he used to be an offensive line coach. He teaches them how to get weaknesses from offensive linemen and use those weaknesses to their advantage."


In addition to watching the way McClure coaches, Tagaloa also paid extra attention to a couple of the defensive linemen specifically.

"I was looking at Eddie Vanderdoes and Kenneth Clark," Tagaloa said. "Those two are animals. I was watching Eddie most of the time, because that's the position Coach McClure said I'd probably end up playing, everything from a 4i to a nose. I was just looking at them."

Afterward Tagaloa said he was able to spend time with players and also talk to Coach Jim Mora, who he wasn't able to speak with much on Thursday.

"I hung out with Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, Ainuu Taua, Kenny Clark, and Eddie Vanderdoes," Tagaloa said. "Then I talked to Coach Mora and Coach McClure and that went really well. It was a really comfortable environment for me. I loved it there. I enjoyed myself a lot."

Tagaloa said he has no definite plans for more unofficial visits at the moment, but does have a list of schools that are recruiting him the hardest at the moment.

"California, Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA, Washington, those are a few of the schools recruiting me the hardest," Tagaloa said. "Nationally, Ole Miss and Alabama are also recruiting me hard."

With a wide range of schools spanning the entire country, Tagaloa said that the decision will be his to make.

"My parents really just want what's best for me, and will support me wherever I feel comfortable," Tagaloa said. "I really want to evaluate things and look at every school closely before deciding. I didn't really have a favorite growing up, and I don't have a favorite school yet in the process."

With that thought in mind, Tagaloa said he's in no hurry to get his recruitment over with.

"Committing day is most likely going to be Signing Day next February," Tagaloa said. "I'm making sure I'm taking all my officials first just to make sure my decision is exactly what I want to do. I'm not sure yet where I'll take any of those official visits, but I hope to have the full list by the start of my season in the fall."

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