Punahou linebacker Maninoa Tufono, a four-star recruit with nearly 40 Division I offers, ended his recruiting process on Monday by committing to Southern California.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound senior chose USC out of a top five that included Texas, UCLA, LSU and Washington.
He posted a video announcing his commitment on his Twitter page.
C O M M I T T E D 👑
“It take a village to raise a kid and this is my story…🌹” pic.twitter.com/tC1HGmZKXa
— 5🌹 (@maninoa_tufono) August 6, 2018
Tufono picked the Trojans over the Huskies, where his father, Albert, was a linebacker in the mid-1980s and played on a team that beat Oklahoma in the 1985 Orange Bowl.
Rated as the No. 151 overall prospect in the nation and sixth among inside linebackers according to the more recent rankings from recruiting web site 247Sports, Tufono will make his season debut on Saturday at No. 2 Kahuku.
He sat out of a recent scrimmage against Kaimuki to rest a sore knee.
Tufono is the second commitment from the class of 2019 to pick the Trojans. Saint Louis defensive lineman Gino Quinones is also headed to USC after committing in May.
The Trojans currently have former Mililani RB Vavae Malepeai and Saint Louis LB Jordan Iosefa on their roster.
For more on Hawaii high school football recruiting, click here.