USC had an opportunity to pull in a talented best friend duo of four star prospects, but instead USC whiffed on both Concord (Calif.) De La Salle tight end Devin Asiasi and defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa. The duo announced their college decisions during a ceremony at De La Salle with Asiasi choosing Michigan and Tagaloa going to the Trojans' crosstown rival, UCLA.
The Trojans had a shot at the De La Salle duo as Asiasi was considered a USC lean throughout much of the process and the Tagaloa received a late offer from USC and seemed to be giving the Trojans a legitimate shot. Both players used their final official visit to make the trip down to Los Angeles last weekend, but the Trojans had lost too much ground. It started with the late offer for Tagaloa, who wasn't a target of the previous staff as prior defensive line coach Chris Wilson preferred taller, long-limbed defensive tackles.
But USC really lost all of its momentum when Marques Tuiasosopo went across town to UCLA. Tuiasosopo had been the lead recruiter for both De La Salle boys and with him left the Trojans' momentum in their recruitment.
Missing out on Asiasi is a tough blow for the Trojans, who had a shot to create some major depth at the tight end position or potentially to the defensive line in the future as Asiasi starred on both sides of the ball for the Spartans. Ranked as the No. 4 tight end in the country, Asiasi didn't see a ton of passing action due to De La Salle's dominant run game. He caught 41 passes for 752 yards and eight touchdowns in his high school career with 17 catches, 311 yards and five scores his senior year. He is the top prospect in the West at the tight end position, but chose to leave the West Coast going to Michigan instead. He is the No. 67 overall national recruit.
Tagaloa is the No. 1 defensive tackle in the West region and the 12th ranked defensive tackle in the nation. The 6-foot-1, 295-pounder is the No. 87 overall prospect in the Scout 300. Seeing playing time ever since he was a freshman at De La Salle, Tagaloa finished his career with 146 total tackles, including 35 for losses, and 20.5 sacks. He was consistent getting to the quarterback for 6.5-7.5 sacks each of his final three seasons.
Here are some Devin Asiasi highlights from U.S. Army All-American Bowl practice:
And Boss Tagaloa highlights:
Also, check out our quick glance at the 2016 USC Trojans recruiting class to see the latest updates on who has signed.