One of the top defensive linemen in the nation, let alone the West Coast, is Concord (CA) De La Salle junior defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa. The rising star has been racking in the offers and recently reeled in an offer from Wisconsin.
“(Director of Recruiting) Coach (Vince) Guinta messaged me on Twitter and asked if I could give him a call, so later that night I gave him a call and he offered,” Tagaloa told BadgerNation. “I was very happy and I just thank God for all these opportunities that he has blessed me with! I just pray every day because at any time it could all be taken away. In other words I am just very grateful for everything and I just love Wisconsin.”
With a Badger off now in his pocket, what does the 6-3, 250-pound defensive tackle know about Wisconsin?
“To be honest, I just know how successful they’ve been these last few years going to the Rose Bowl and everything,” said Tataloa. “The success they have at getting players to play to their full potential.”
An early four-star recruit, Tagaloa sits as the No. 11 defensive tackle by Scout.com, which only has seen that backed up by his recruitment. In addition to Wisconsin, Tagaloa has also picked up offers from Alabama and Tennessee.
“Recruiting right now is going great,” said Tagaloa. “I am very thankful for all the opportunities I have been blessed with, as of now I have no favorites. I am just very open. I have to plan some date to get out to Wisconsin, but until then I’ll have my official visits ready by next year. To take visits, distance is a factor, but I am very open to go wherever God may lead me."
De La Salle high school is currently 7-0 and ranked as one of the top high school programs in the country.
“I really love our team’s work ethic,” said Tagaloa. “They work really hard and it is paying off. I am doing pretty well. I’m just trying to help my team in any way I can and I am still working on being more consistent with my game. I do use my hands well and my get off is good. Hopefully, one day I’ll play like J.J. Watt.”