Scouting USC Commit J.R. Tavai

Manhattan Beach, Calif. - USC didn't have to go far to get a commitment from Mira Costa jumbo athlete J.R. Tavai, but what kind of player are the Trojans getting? Scout has the video and the breakdown.

J.R. Tavai (6-2/250) of Mira Costa recently committed to the USC Trojans as a fullback. He is a full time defensive lineman and part time running back for his Mustang football team. Tavai is a versatile player that can be seen lining up all over the field during the game. Whether it's defensive tackle, end, nose guard, fullback, tailback, or wildcat quarterback, odds are Tavai is involved with the play.

Credited with 95 tackles which led Mira Costa, Tavai does most of his damage from the interior defensive line position. He and super sophomore R.J. Coleman (6-3/260) are as interchangeable as their first names, each taking turns lining up inside and outside. 

Tavai is quick off the snap and strong at the point of attack. He's considerably faster than most defensive tackles and gets a lot of second effort tackles chasing plays to the sideline or following them down field.

On offense, his size is more noticeable as he dwarfs many of the players he ends up blocking. His toughness and strength are his two biggest assets as he's not going to remind many people of current USC fullback Stanley Havili who is a tailback in fullback's clothing. While he lacks the wiggle that Havili has, Tavai has excellent hands and can be a receiving threat in addition to a short yardage battering ram.

While recruited to play fullback, Tavai could add depth on either side of the ball. See him in action in this presentation by ScoutTV.

#44 DL/FB J.R. Tavai - '10 vs Peninsula/Serra

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