Defensive end prospect Austin Maloata from Centennial High School in Corona (Calif.) has opened up his recruiting but still considers himself committed to USC. Find out who the prospect is considering leading up to Signing Day.
"I haven't talked to any USC coaches in about a month," said Maloata. "Right now I am focused on Arizona State and Washington State but I would still say I am committed to USC until further notice."
Maloata had been committed to the Trojans since May, but it appears that the new coaching staff might have decided not to pursue him further.
"You know I'm just disappointed how slowly I left the picture after I was a committed since the first day USC offered me," said Maloata. "But I believe God has a way of working miracles."
The 6-foot-3, 250 pound prospect has already visited Washington State, doing so in late November.
"It was a great visit to Washington State," said Maloata. "I loved the environment there and felt very welcomed."
He will visit the Sun Devils either the 24th or 31st this month, a final date is still be working on by both sides.
When asked if he had a favorite between Arizona State and Washington State, he said both where great schools and that he considers himself committed to USC. He is planning on making his decision on Signing Day.
One factor that will help the Cougars down the stretch is Maloata's relationship with Coach Joe Salave'a.
"I can relate to Coach Joe Salave'a since he is from Samoa and he knows the types of struggles a Poly would face through the whole football process," said Maloata. "My relationship with him is very close... he's like a dad and someone I can turn too because he has many similarities to me."
In addition to Washington State, Maloata boasts offers from USC, Arizona State, Miami, Ole Miss and San Jose State.
Washington State has four players on their roster from American Samoa. Those players include Destiny Vaeao, Robert Barber, Daniel Ekuale and Emmitt Su'a-Kalio. They also have a commitment from 2014 American Samoa prospect Frank Luvu.
NOTE: Maloata reiterated after the publishing of this article that even though he is opening up, he still considers himself committed to USC for now.