Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis School three-star linebacker and USC commit Jordan Iosefa helped his Crusaders take down Nevada powerhouse Liberty High School 43-16 Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.
Iosefa finished the game with a pair of sacks and St. Louis improved to 2-0 on the season.
After committing to USC in June, Iosefa came to Los Angeles for the Rising Stars Camp to get a better feel for what the school had to offer.
"That was my first time in the Mainland, it was my first time visiting the states," Iosefa said. "It was just a blessing being able to go there. I got the opportunity to go to the USC camp and on the second day I went to UCLA’s camp to just compete, and I had fun.”
After sitting out last year when he transferred to St. Louis, Iosefa is fired up to be able to compete again.
“I’ve just been more hungry for it, I’ve just had that mentality," he said. "I’ve just wanted to play at that linebacker mentality just like Junior Seau, Rey Maualuga; I just want to break everybody’s bones, and I want to bring that USC linebacker mentality back to my school here, which is well-known in Hawaii and around the country.”
Iosefa passed the eyeball test when we watched him at practice before Saturday's game, but he has actually lost a few pounds preparing for the season. He is down to about 218 pounds after checking in at 224 this summer and stands about 6-foot-2.
While Iosefa is excited to be playing high school football again, he is also busy preparing for the next level.
“I’ve just got to maintain my grades first, that’s the main thing," Iosefa said. "On the field, being more of a leader, I’ve just got to step up and that’s that biggest thing at USC, you have to be a leader on defense. My tackling is there, I’m working on my pass coverage and everything. I just have to bring that leadership mentality back to the school and my community, and do what I need to do.”
Position wise, USC has told Iosefa they see him as a middle linebacker.
"I’m not sure Peter Sirmon really wants me playing MIKE, but that’s where they see me playing in the future," he said. "It’ll get me to the size where I need to be. My size is all I need and that’s what they’re going to do for me with the strength and conditioning program they have.”
The Trojans ended up offering Iosefa a scholarship at the Maximum Exposure Camp and he jumped on the opportunity right away.
“I was kind of talking to USC for a while for weeks before, and I kind of expected to get offered, but I just had to work at it," he said. "I thought I was going to get offered during the season, but they offered me at the camp and I was just surprised.
"I made the commitment two days after the camp and I’m just excited for it.”
Taking official visits from Hawaii equates to a free trip to the mainland, but Iosefa isn't sure he will take advantage and travel to visit any other schools.
"I’m still undecided about my visits," he said. "I’m still talking to Peter Sirmon about it, but I think I’m just going to take my USC visit. That’s my first option but then if anything, [I’ll] just go visit Colorado because they have a lot of respect for me and I respect that school and their coach.”
Honolulu is a long way from Los Angeles, but don't expect much drama when it comes to recruiting Iosefa down the stretch.
“It’s a solid commitment to USC," Iosefa said. "UCLA tried, they offered me when I went to their camp. Coach Scott White, the linebacker coach on UCLA, he really wanted me ever since that camp. So he kept in contact with me for the first month, but then I had to respect coach Peter Sirmon, my commitment, and what I had to do.
"I respect [UCLA’s] program totally and Scott White and what he has to offer to the program for UCLA, but I respect my commitment and I’m in love with coach Peter Sirmon and the linebacker program there.”
Stay tuned to USCFootball.com for more updates on Trojan football recruiting including an interview withn Iosefa's class of 2017 teammate, four-star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
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