USC flips coveted prospect OL The commitment of Amos Talalele from Cal

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Just a few weeks after his first official visit of the month, three-star OL / DL candidate Amos Talalele announced his commitment to Cal.

But the USC was not ready to give up.

After it seemed uncertain at first that he would be returned to campus, Talalele did indeed resume his scheduled official visit last weekend and a day later announce a change of plans with a commitment to the Trojans.

“This was the most difficult decision I ever had to make,” Talalele tweeted announcing the decision. “I’m going to be released from Cal. I went to USC and decided my heart is in LA. I’m committed to USC.”

A flexible two-way lineman who saw his stocks soar this spring, Talalele had pledged to Cal as a defensive tackle, but will come to the USC as an attacking lineman.

Both schools were among his first offers and he was consistently hired in the spring and early summer.

Talalele is the second USL OL commit in this category, after three-star Tobias Raymond, who announced his decision last week.

Overall, it’s the 10th USC commitment to the 2023 cycle and the first since the huge Trojans recruitment weekend, which has seen 24 official visitors in recent days (including a handful of prospects already committed to the Trojans).

The official USC football account on Twitter had posted four “Fight On” emojis, which means more will follow.

“The USC was great. They talked to me constantly. [OL coach Josh] Henson, Lenny [Vandermade], Lincoln Riley hits me a few times. USC, they have great coaches, it’s a great school. “They have what you want and they seem to have a great future ahead of them with the new coaching staff,” Talalele told last month.

“I think one thing that surprised me was how well Coach Henson and I connected. Literally every time we talk, we like to talk for an hour and a half at a time. It’s crazy, we connected a lot. He’s a very humble guy, he’s not arrogant at all. “He’s just straight with you, he likes to laugh, he’s funny. Everything is fine … He’s just a great speaker and he’s a great person.”

National opponents recruiting director Adam Gorney reports on Talalele below.

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Rival National Recruitment Director Adam Gorney’s scouting report

What sets Amos Talalele apart as an attacking lineman?

Gorney: “He’m a big, bulky, physically fit kid. He’m 6-5, over 300 kg. This is definitely not a bad thing, but I want to see his foot more in pass pro, I want to see him more than scare the kids on the ground – which he does very, very well. see that against the best competition, there is probably not going to be a huge blow to the rankings, because there are times when people reach the finish line and he wins and then just gets in their way and pushes them – it will do ‘it does not happen in college level because people will be by his side at that time.I wonder if they will use him more from within.He is definitely a huge guy who takes up space and there is no doubt about what his physical abilities. “

If he cleans these areas, what are his top potential?

Gorney: “I think it’s definitely important. You can’t teach size like that, so it’s already there for him. It certainly does not matter if he can do it, it ‘s just about having the ability to see it. “He was just allowed to intimidate people around him and really hit people that way. I think there is a significant positive result for him if he can show the foot at this level that he will need in the Pac-12.”

He was recruited by the schools both as a defensive tackle and as an attacker, how did that help him to emerge this spring?

Gorney: “The most interesting thing about him is that he was legally recruited as an offensive and defensive line by many schools. I really like him because he knows a little bit about the tricks that defensive lines try to do against him and these kinds of things. It was definitely interesting. thing, because I remember talking to him and saying, “Do you prefer attack or defense?” He did not seem to care. It was like, “How do you get hired by schools?” And he said, “I do not think he will play both ways in college, but he certainly has this natural demeanor to dominate as a defensive tackle and get in the back. He can use it on the offensive line to introduce people a lot.”

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