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USC Hoping to Keep Youngest Uiagalelei in Los Angeles

July 14, 2021

Former St. John Bosco QB and current QB1 at Clemson DJ Uiagalelei was one of the most talented prospects we've ever seen at Bosco. He was also one of the most genuinely nice kids we've ever met. He and Alabama QB Bryce Young were among the most impressive young men to represent SoCal prep football in years. 

Both were 5-Star athletes, both were Adidas All-American QBS and both will likely lead their current programs to CFB playoff births in 2021. Young doesn't have one of those “He’ll be better than” brothers like USC cornerback Max Williams, Boise State’s Hank Bachmeier etc., but Uiagalelei does.

Perhaps we’re not all making claims 4-Star St. John Bosco ATH Matayo Uiagalelei‍ will be better than big bro DJ, but he's a Top 40 nationally ranked player for 2023, an Adidas All-American and coveted by every elite program in the nation.

And his position could be Defensive End or Tight End. He's absolutely capable of playing for Alabama, Clemson, Ohio St., USC, Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Notre Dame, Florida etc. on defense or offense. He's that talented.

The Trojans missed out on getting DJ, but they're determined not to miss with Matayo. He made a June visit to USC and there were several “family” members there to greet him like Viane Talamaivao, Toa Lobendahn, Lenny Vandermade and others.

USC SCOOP sees Matayo and his family often, but we spoke to him about colleges for the first time a few weeks back.


SS: Refresh my memory where you visited in June.

MU: “I went to Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, USC and Ohio St."

SS: You're in a unique spot compared to most 2023 prospects, because you'd pretty much seen those schools and more when DJ was being recruited. But you'd never been to Alabama, right?

MU: “Yes, I hadn't been to Alabama before. It was pretty impressive seeing their facilities and how they run their program."

SS: Are there some schools you saw in June you'd like to go back and see again?

MU: “I thought all of them were impressive."

SS: Was USC impressive?

MU: “Yes, definitely. I've been to USC a lot, so I sort of already know the deal there. USC is like family and I've been knowing many of the coaches there for a while. Guys like Gavin (Morris), Viane and a lot of the guys there."

SS: What's going on at USC that's got you interested?

MU: “It's the hometown school and the school I’d go to if I stay in California."

SS: Two years ago after the Elite 11 I walked to my car and ran into you, DJ, Big Dave and I forget who else, and you were all jamming to your music. You know I've heard plenty of your music, I heard what you were playing at USC last month and that stuff is good. How big of a factor is music going play in you choosing a school?

MU: “I think it's going to be big, but with technology you can make music anywhere. I can be in Alaska making music and send it to anybody. In person with the actual artists is far better, but you can make music anywhere."

SS: Is there anything the USC music school (Iovine & Young) offers that's attractive to you as an artist?

MU: “Yes, I think the Dr. Dre music school sounds very impressive and I'm looking forward to seeing it."

SS: Are they basically telling you at USC that you can pretty much choose your position?

MU: "Yes. I don't have a preference yet, but there will be at some point."

We’ll catch up again with Uiagalelei next month when Fall Camp is in full swing at Bosco.


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