Waianae linebacker Kana’i Mauga tweeted today that he has committed to Southern California, but left room open at the end to potentially change in his mind.
— Kana'i Mauga (@kanai_mauga) June 24, 2017
Mauga wrote at the end that, “although I have verbally committed, I am continuing to leave my options open.”
If he follows through on his commitment, he will join Mililani alum Vavae Malepeai, the state’s all-time leading rusher, and Saint Louis alum Jordan Iosefa, who both signed with USC in 2016.
Mauga camped at USC this week and recently earned the offer from the Trojans. He also held offers from Pac-12 schools Utah, California, Washington State and Oregon State.
Mauga is a lean 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds but is a relentless rusher off the end. He had a game-high eight tackles, including three for a loss, and one sack in a 14-8 win over Farrington last year in the first round of the state tournament in the Open Division. He got the Seariders’ only sack of Saint Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and also recovered a fumble in a loss to the Crusaders in the state semifinals.