USC football picked up a major recruiting prediction from Trojans insider Scott Schrader on Monday, as he put in a prediction for Francis Mauigoa to be a Trojan. Mauigoa is a five-star (all recruiting ratings and rankings in article are as of 247Sports) Offensive Tackle who is the No. 1 OT in the country for the 2023 class.
The timing was too perfect, as Mauigoa just completed his official weekend visit with SC. It was his third visit to the Trojan program, and he said “every visit is better than the previous one.” Mauigoa is exactly what USC fans have been calling for as a 6-5, 330 pound tackle who is the No. 9 overall recruit in the nation.
Everybody wants the dominant big man in the trenches out of American Samoa. According to 247Sports Southeastern Recruiting Analyst Andrew Ivins, Mauigoa boasts a 5.3 40-yard dash time at that 6-5, 330 pounds size…Ivins also said that Mauigoa used to consider himself more of a pass rusher to give an idea of just how athletic he is at his ridiculous size.
USC Football HC Riley favors athletic linemen who can move both when it comes to pulling, but also when it comes to advancing to the next level of the field and throwing more blocks beyond just the first blocking assignment.
Francis Mauigoa fits that identity perfectly due to his athleticism, and that speed/athleticism combo would also help him be able to keep up with this fast-paced offense. It’s why his lack of length in his upper half, according to Ivins, wouldn’t matter in this offense:
“A lack of true length in the upper half, however, suggests that his future might ultimately be on the inside, which works given his ability to pull and put a would-be tackler on his back,” said Ivins.
If the worst thing is that Mauigoa will have to be moved to guard, that’s no problem. Both of SC’s starting guards could very well be gone by the time Mauigoa gets to campus if he joins this Trojan program.
Mauigoa would be a major difference maker for this program, and would establish absolutely ridiculous momentum for USC on the recruiting trail–especially in the trenches.