Kapolei (Hawaii) three-star defensive end Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa took his first official visit of the process to USC last weekend.
If first impressions go a long ways in recruiting, Tagovailoa-Amosa’s visit to USC helped the Trojans immensely in his recruitment.
“Everything about the trip was a highlight in and of itself,” said Tagovailoa-Amosa. “My parents got to make the trip, so that meant a lot.
“The trip was amazing, and Coach Helton really set the bar. I think going to the game and seeing that college atmosphere with the crowd was probably the real highlight. Just seeing how the crowd itself can turnaround a game. That and talking to Coach Helton. I learned a lot about the every day activities around USC.”
In a rare occurrence, it rained in Southern California during Saturday’s game. While Hawaii gets plenty of rain during the year, last weekend’s cold front was not what Tagovailoa-Amosa is use to.
“Hawaii warm and California warm are different,” said Tagovailoa-Amosa. “The moment I stepped outside the plane, it was super cold. I was like, ‘Whoa, this is different.’
“But the coaches told me that’s not normal. When it started raining at the game, I was freezing. We had to go into the lounge area.”
Weather is hardly an issue when it comes to L.A., however, so acclimating to life outside USC’s campus was a biggie factor in his trip.
“It was a great experience learning about what USC can do for you after football once you can get that degree,” said Tagovailoa-Amosa. “Not a lot of kids get the chance to play football in the NFL, so you always have to have that back up plan.
“I liked the way Coach Helton stated the power of a USC degree. The education itself will benefit you so much.”
Tagovailoa-Amosa’s host ob his visit was fellow Hawaiian, and USC freshman linebacker Jordan Iosefa.
“I talked to him about he felt about college life and the college experience at USC,” said Tagovailoa-Amosa. “They’re loving it and it really paid off for him. Just looking at Jordan, you can see it’s really benefiting him.”
Going forward, Tagovailoa-Amosa will take at least three more official visits.
“USC definitely set the bar in terms of the experience,” said Tagovailoa-Amosa. “It was a fun time and I know my parents and grandma just couldn’t stop taking about it.
“It’s definitely at the top right now. In terms of other visits, I have Vanderbilt and Oregon locked in. I have Oregon Dec. 8 and then I’ll visit Vanderbilt the last week of January. I’m also trying to set up a visit to Georgia Tech.”
While Tagovailoa-Amosa has an official visit set to Vanderbilt the last week of January, he could announce a college commitment before then.
“I’m thinking I might take an announcement the middle of December,” said Tagovailoa-Amosa. “I’ll still want to visit Vanderbilt, but I might make a decision before then.”