Spartan defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa is the top rated tackle in the West region and the No. 64 player nationally.
After a somewhat sluggish start to the season, Tagaloa has really picked up his game and been a dominant presence the last half of the season. He has tremendous strength and is very tough to move in the middle of the line. He plays with sound technique, is strong with his hands and shows nice short area quickness.
On the recruiting front, Tagaloa recently narrowed his list of schools down to five and has one official visit lined up.
"I'm going to UCLA (Dec. 12)," Tagaloa said. "Then I'll set up January visits with Michigan, Washington, Arizona and Utah. I know that's going to be a super busy January for me but I'm committed to taking all five of my visits and then announcing on Signing Day."
Tagaloa was blown away by the offer from Michigan last April and checked out UCLA twice over the summer. Although Tagaloa has never named a leader, there has always been a feeling those two could be tough to beat.
"I'm a big fan of Coach Harbaugh," Tagaloa said back in the spring. "He changed the program around when he was with the 49ers and he'll do the same thing with Michigan. Coach Drevno is the one recruiting me and when he told me I had that offer, I couldn't believe it, I was really excited.
"I had two good visits to UCLA. I loved the campus and I have a good relationship with the coaching staff. Coach McClure has been recruiting me for a long time and there's a good chance to play early at UCLA."
Arizona and Utah have also been on Tagaloa for over a year and he has a strong relationship with both coaching staffs. Washington has done a great job recruiting Tagaloa and his teammate and close friend Devin Asiasi and the two have talked about playing together in college.
"Man, we're really trying to do that," Tagaloa said. "We would like to and we've been talking a lot about that lately. We have a few schools in common but he's pretty quiet about the recruiting process for the most part. I would love to play with him though and hopefully it can happen."