USC football gains another huge recruit for the 2018 class.
5 star Athlete Talanoa Hufanga has committed to the Trojans. The announcement was posted through a video on Hufanga’s twitter account Thursday evening.
Committed..... #TonganPower Film/edit Credit @Chrisgraham110 pic.twitter.com/t4Yxbu9xmw— Talanoa Hufanga (@HufangaTalanoa) December 29, 2017
Hufanga is rated as the No. 1 recruit out of the state of Oregon and the No. 1 athlete in the nation by the 247 Sports Composite. The 6-foot, 193 pound athlete out of Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, Oregon will also be playing for the West team in the upcoming Army All-American game in January. Hufanga chose USC over Oregon and Utah.
Hufanga can play multiple positions on both sides of the ball; however he is projected as a safety at the college level, which gives the Trojans more depth at the secondary position. USC could also lose up to three safeties as Chris Hawkins and walk on standout Matt Lopes graduate while Marvell Tell could leave early for the NFL draft. His play making ability could give Hufanga a shot at cracking the starting line up or some early playing time next season.
USC already has a strong 2018 class with the commitments of 5 star linebacker Palaie Gaotote and 4 star running back Markese Stepp during early signing period as well as 5 star quarterback J.T. Daniels reclassifying to the 2018 class. The commitment of Talanoa Hufanga really strengthens the Trojans recruiting class with more to possibly come moving forward.