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USC Trojans recruiting: Elite 2018 Linebacker Palaie Gaoteote Updates Recruitment

Four-star linebacker and top 100 overall player in the class of 2018 Palaie Gaoteote talked to us about his recruitment and his interest in USC.

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Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada is used to producing top division one talent. It's also used to those said D1 talents receiving heavy interest from the USC Trojans and once again, that's the case with 2018 stud outside linebacker Palaie Gaoteote, who is a top Trojan target on the defensive side of the ball in 2018.

Although Gaoteote is drawing in national interest from the likes of Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, USC will always be a special school for him. The Trojans just have so many positives in regards to Gaoteote's recruitment and the monster sophomore has had good vibes with the USC program for a very long time.

"Ohh man USC! That's been my school since I was a little kid," said Gaoteote."I have been following them since I first picked up a football!"

Gaoteote flat out loves a whole lot of things about USC and although it's not a done deal with him just yet, he went on to list just exactly what he likes about the Trojans.

"I first love how they have had a great history of Polynesian athletes like myself," Gaoteote said. "I like their defensive schemes and how they allow their outside linebackers to be active! I loved how when I met coach Nansen for the first time he was real friendly and I was comfortable talking to him, I could only imagine having conversations with the other position coaches and with Coach Helton."

Gaoteote went on to add that USC seems like a program that "really loves its players", proving that the relationship between players and the staff surrounding the program has been and will continue to be a vital focus point for prospects during their recruitment.

Though Gaoteote is certainly feeling the love from USC, he wasn't shy in letting me know that he'd definitely like to hear from a couple other schools in the form of a scholarship offer.

"I would like to get an offer from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Michigan state, Oregon, Vanderbilt and a couple others," Gaoteote said.

"Right now, I'm extremely interested in USC," said Gaoteote. "I still haven't put much time into thinking where each school stands. I'm focused on getting better in order to have a standout junior year."

Luckily, Gaoteote still has plenty of time to decide where he'll be playing his college ball as 2018's National Signing Day is over a year and a half away, but expect the Trojans to always remain a serious contender for what is rapidly becoming his coveted signature.

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