Even though Concord De La Salle is consistently one of the top football programs in the nation, they don’t consistently produce a ton of blue chip recruits every year like some other programs. They actually have two this year, with one being defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa.
He has the attention of just about every school in the Pac-12 and has even earned an offer from Alabama. He’s someone whose offer list should continue to grow in the coming months.
Tagaloa has added a lot of weight in the past year and is big enough to compete at the college level right now. He should be able to play at over 300 pounds. He moves well for his size and definitely displays above average quickness for an interior defensive lineman.
Tagaloa plays with solid technique. His pad level is consistently low and he does a nice job of establishing a punch. He shows a good feel for blocks and does a nice job of fighting pressure and shedding to pursue to the football.
He has a solid, but not explosive, step. It’s a big reason why he doesn’t allow himself to get reached because he is consistently getting penetration up the field by working the edge of an offensive lineman. He plays with good effort in pursuit and hustles to get in on the play.
He may never be a dynamic pass rusher, but he can push the pocket with his bull rush and will use a nice quick swim move if he feels a center or guard try to hard set him. If he develops his hands more and can work more of an edge to rip and run, he can be a very effective player that can disrupt the interior of the line at the next level.
He’s either a one technique in a 4-3 or a nose guard in a 3-4. I liked his film as an offensive lineman as well. If defense doesn’t work out, I think he could end up being a heck of a guard.
There are better athletes at the position in this cycle, but not many who are as strong with their fundamentals as Tagaloa. Put those fundamentals together with a kid who weighs close to 300 pounds it’s easy to see why he is one of the top recruits on the west coast. He has the potential be a great run stuffer in the middle of someone’s defense at the college level.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach). In addition to here, he breaks down Virginia Tech recruits for 247Sports’ VTscoop.com, Notre Dame recruits for SB Nation’s One Foot Down, and is the recruiting editor for SB Nation’s Pac-12 blog, Pacific Takes. Jamie is also the former Sr. Editor, Digital Content and News for theScore.com.