Boss Tagaloa Recaps Visit to UCLA

Dec. 14 -- Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa was in Westwood over the weekend for his first official visit of the year to UCLA...

Spartan defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa is the top DT out West and rated the No. 90 overall prospect in the country.

He took an unofficial visit to UCLA over the summer and was back in SoCal over the weekend for an official visit.

"I was already pretty familiar with the campus but I still really enjoyed myself," Tagaloa said. "The biggest difference for this visit was just being able to spend more time with the players and coaches. 

"I also got to spend more time with the academic advisers. I want to go in to Broadcasting and UCLA has a lot of alumni that have been very successful, including one of my coaches, Maurice Jones Drew. The degree and networking at UCLA is really big and a big plus about why I like them."

Tagaloa was hosted by Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, who he played against in high school for two years.

"He played at Bosco and they beat us my sophomore year for state title," Tagaloa said. "We talked a little about that but it was cool, he's a great guy and it was fun to be around him. Family is big for me and they have a lot of Polys at UCLA so both me and Devin Asiasi really felt at home and comfortable there.

"We got to watch practice and I talked to Eddie Vanderdoes and Kenneth Clark. They both said UCLA is the place to be for me and how it was a great decision for me. UCLA has a big need for defensive linemen and it would be great to go to a place where I can come in and play right away. I think that really helps you with your development and, if I'm ready, I would love to play right away."

Tagaloa said the coaching staff is another big plus for him.

"Coach Angus (McClure) has been recruiting me for a long time and I like him a lot," Tagaloa said. "Coach (Jim) Mora and Coach (Tom) Bradley are great as well and I spent a lot of time with all of them. We watched film together and they showed me not only how I can improve but where I would fit in.

"They see some similarities with me and Kenny Clark but they also spotlighted how they use Eddie and Matt Dickerson too. The defense is similar to what we do at De La Salle and I know I would fit in really well there. LIke I said, it was a geat visit and I'm very high on UCLA right now."

Tagaloa will visit Washington (Jan. 15) with Asiasi, then his last two visits will be to Utah and Michigan, but he hasn't decided on a date yet. USC is another school that could be a factor as the Trojans just offered earlier tonight.

"I talked to Coach Tui (Tuiasosopo) and he offered me," Tagaloa said. "He said they always liked me and wanted to offer and, with the new staff coming in, they were able to do it now. 

"I'm definitely interested in them and I'm excited to see what they have to offer. As of now, I'm not making any changes to my visit list. It's still Washington, Michigan and Utah but I'm going to listen to USC for sure and just go from there. I'll be making my decision on Signing Day so I still have a lot of time to figure everything out." 

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