It is no secret that the USC Trojans defensive back corps took a hit in 2018. With a multitude of injuries, USC looked to add depth this recruiting cycle, and it didn’t take long for one three-star contender to lock his cardinal and gold slot up for 2019.
Kaulana Makaula is a three-star safety in the class of 2019. Hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii and Punahou High School, he is following in the rich tradition between USC and the Polynesian culture.
The courtship between the young safety and the Trojans was a short one. Makaula took his official visit to USC on January 25, the next day he announced via his Twitter account that Clay Helton and the Trojan staff had extended a scholarship offer.
After a wonderful dinner with @USCCoachHelton @CoachJNansenUSC @CoachChadK45 I’m beyond blessed to be able to say that I received a full scholarship offer to the University of Southern California #USC #Fighton ✌ pic.twitter.com/WR3JTcdMIi— Kaulana Makaula (@kaulana_makaula) January 27, 2019
Makaula had three offers heading into his commitment to USC. One from BYU, one from Hawaii, and the last from the Trojans. It did not take long for him to mull over his options, for on January 27, he announced his commitment to USC.
Makaula’s commitement is a breath of fresh air for the Trojan faithful after an offseason filled with decommitments. A three-star safety ranked as the No. 16 recruit in the state of Hawaii, and the No. 134 safety in the class of 2019 per 247Sports, he impressed with his performance at the Polynesian Bowl on January 19.
With the transfers of Bubba Bolden and Ykili Ross, and senior Marvel Tell headed to the NFL, the Trojans will have only three returning players at safety in C.J. Pollard, Jamel Cook, and Isaiah Pola-Mao.
Makaula will sign his name next to fellow three-star Briton Allen, for the Trojans’ 2019 safety recruiting class.