Last December, the Trojans snagged the top-ranked recruit in history out of Oregon with Talanoa Hufanga, a physical and speedy safety. Hufanga is a highly-ranked athlete in the nation, a distinction that measures his raw overall talent — speed, agility and strength — rather than position skills.
“Hufanga moves like player who weighs 175 pounds, not nearly 200,” said Bud Elliott, the National Recruiting Analyst for SBNation. “In the era of spread football, having a safety with the ability to cover like a free safety, but play the run in space like a linebacker is a major asset, and that’s what Hufanga represents. Add in plus instincts, and it is easy to see how he is a special player.”
Hufanga played on both sides of the ball in high school, suiting up as a wide receiver and a safety for Crescent Valley High School. However, he played exclusively at safety in the Army All-American Bowl, and he is expected to commit to defensive duties as a Trojan.
Before choosing USC, Hufanga had earned 21 total offers, including those from Oregon, Michigan and Nebraska.
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