Talanoa Hufanga is one of the top overall recruits in the 2018 class, not to mention one of the top overall athletes, and he’s finally made his commitment.
Hufanga, who’s a 6-foot, 193-pound athlete who runs a 4.74 40-yard dash, has committed to USC:
True to the athlete tag, Hufanga can do a lot for USC in the future, giving head coach Clay Helton and staff plenty of options.
247Sports seems to think he’d work best at safety, but he has expressed that he’s open to playing any position in college. Still, Brandon Huffman of 247Sports sees Hufanga playing a huge impact on the Trojans on the defensive side of the ball:
“His ability to close is exceptional, he’ll make a big hit, but also a sure tackler and extremely rangy. He’s physical and plays with a fire every time he suits up. Hufanga is a tremendous athlete and he’s as instinctual a player in the class. If he plays up inside the box in college, he could do that effectively too because he’s got a frame to add more weight and strength while not sacrificing his speed or quickness. He’s arguably the top prospect to come out of the state of Oregon in over a decade and one of the top prospects the state has ever produced.”
With that scouting report in mind, Hufanga is clearly a huge commitment for the Trojans, who are no strangers to elite athletes signing up to play in Los Angeles.
Still, it’s worth noting that as far as recruiting wins go, this was a big one.
Hufanga had a top group of Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA, and Utah, so the fact that the Trojans were able to steal him away, specifically from the in-state Ducks, is very notable.
According to 247Sports’ own rankings, Hufanga is the No. 1 overall athlete in the 2018 class and the No. 16 overall recruit in the nation as well as the top recruit in Oregon.