USC Commit Visits UCLA

Austin Maloata

2014 Corona (Calif.) Centennial defensive end Austin Maloata discusses his commitment to USC... and his official visit to UCLA.

Since moving to the United States from Samoa last spring much has changed for 2014 Corona (Calif.) Centennial defensive end Austin Maloata.

He picked up an offer from USC – and quickly committed to the Trojans.

Now, with his Centennial Huskies defeating Murietta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta on Friday night, he's a CIF-SS Inland Division Champion.

"It's crazy, I have no words to explain it," Maloata said of the experiences. "To come here from Samoa and actually experience a CIF championship, it's a god given talent and I'm just blessed to have this opportunity."

Maloata says he's also blessed to have his uces (Samoan brothers) by his side.

On the sidelines of Friday nights game supporting Maloata and Centennial teammate Viane Talamaivao were 2014 standouts Damien Mama, Juju Smith, and Kammy Delp.

Maloata and Talamaivao are both committed to play at USC next season, as is their other Samoan brother Toa Lobendahn.

Mama, Smith, and Delp are uncommitted.

Maloata, a three-star recruit, says "it would mean the world" if all his uces could play together in college. "It can happen," he said.

USC announced the hiring of new head coach Steve Sarkisian on Monday. As of Friday night, Maloata said he had yet to hear from Sarkisian or any members of the staff – though he did say his Centennial coach Matt Logan was in touch with USC.

"I know USC is busy at the moment too, they have a lot on their mind, so just waiting for them to give me a call," Maloata said. "I'm thankful for the things they've done for me.

"I know of [Sarkisian], the history of him, back in the days when he was with Pete Carroll and he built USC's legacy and I'm proud to be an athlete of that coach and hopefully I can meet him soon and talk things up and everything."

His commitment to the Trojans, he says, is as strong as ever.

Asked by Mama, who was within earshot of our interview, how solid his commitment is to USC, Maloata shouted, "Fight on ‘til I die man, fight on!"

The last coach from USC Maloata spoke with was interim head coach Ed Orgeron, who told the commit to take all of his official visits.

Maloata is spending the weekend at UCLA.

"I'm going just to visit, I talked to Coach O last time, that's when coach O was here, when he was at USC told me to take all my visits," Maloata explained. "I'm hoping everything goes well."

UCLA head coach Jim Mora, according to Maloata, has been heading his recruitment.

"It's good, me and him talk on a daily basis, me and the recruiting coach from this area," Maloata said. "So it's all good, we have a solid bond, we just need to build it little by little."

Asked what the Bruins need to do in order to flip his commitment, Maloata responded: No comment… Fight On.

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