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2022 LB commits to USC

USC isn’t likely to make much noise with the 2020 class during Wednesday’s signing day, but the Trojans got an impact commitment for the future on Tuesday morning.

Linebacker Niuafe Tuihalamaka (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany), a 6-foot-2, 235-pound standout in the 2022 class, announced his commitment to USC.

Tuihalamaka is USC’s first verbal commitment of the 2022 class and checks in as the nation’s No. 61 prospect and No. 4 inside linebacker.

Alemany has been targeted hard by USC coaches of late, as they’ve sent a handful of coaches to the campus in recent weeks and extended offers to multiple 2021 prospects.

The timing of the commitment is certainly interesting, as USC recently announced that three defensive coaches would not be with the program moving forward. Clearly, Tuihalamaka is comfortable with new USC defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, as he tagged the Trojans new coach in his announcement tweet and made the commitment shortly after Orlando took control of the defense.

Tuihalamaka’s commitment also gives the Trojans a strong linebacker commitment in each of the next two classes, as Ma’a Gaoteote (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) is committed in the 2021 class.

Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.

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