USC offensive line target, 5-star prospect locks in commitment date
Francis Mauigoa will announce where he’ll begin his collegiate career on Independence Day.
The 2023 5-star offensive lineman from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy is one of USC’s top targets in the cycle and rightfully so. He’s one of the best recruits in the entire country. At 6-foot-5, 330 pounds, Mauigoa ranks among the top 10 in the industry-generated 247 Composite.
Final word coming out July 4th!!
— Francis. Mauigoa (@FrancisMauigoa) June 26, 2022
He’ll pick from a group of finalists that includes Alabama, Florida, Miami, Tennessee, and Hawaii alongside USC. The Trojans hosted him for an official visit back during the weekend of June 17 when Lincoln Riley and his staff welcomed a trove of elite talent to campus.
Mauigoa ranks as the ninth-best player in his class and the top offensive tackle. He’s also the third-best player from the state of Florida. As a junior last fall, Mauigoa earned MaxPreps All-American status for his work at right tackle. IMG went 9-1 against its national schedule and Mauigoa was a big reason why.
Here’s what 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins had to say on the offensive tackle:
A massive lineman out of American Samoa that moves different than most people his size. … Tested in the upper percentile for someone that’s pushing 6-foot-5, 330 pounds as he went 5.3 on the lasers in the 40-yard dash and added a 4.7 in the short shuttle the spring before his junior year. A bully of sorts that uses his raw power to simply overwhelm defenders. At his best when he can just fire out of his stance and drive block as he uses a wide base to establish leverage. Not one to give up on a play and will try to find extra work. Can gain depth with his kick step and win with a strong punch, but must improve as a pass blocker, especially if he’s going to be asked to protect the corner on Saturdays. Spent much of junior season at IMG Academy working at right tackle. A lack of true length in the upper half, however, suggests that his future might ultimately be on the inside, which works given his ability to pull and put a would-be tackler on his back. Should be viewed as a potential multi-year starter on the offensive line for a Power 5 program like his brother, who started over 30 games at center for Washington State and was named to the Rimington Award watch list. Will likely need some time to find his bearings, and must keep progressing from a technical standpoint, but fluid movement patterns and smash-mouth play style in the phone booth could have him eventually being selected early on in the NFL Draft.
Mauigoa will take part in the 2023 Polynesian Bowl, where a handful of USC commits are also slated to be, including quarterback Malachi Nelson and wideouts Zachariah Branch and Makai Lemon.