California commit Freddie Tagaloa catches up with FOXSportsNext/Scout.com Field Reporter Inna…
Tagaloa Finds Home at Cal
Richmond (Calif.) Salesian offensive tackle Freddie Tagaloa has received interest and offers from many top programs. On Thursday, the three-star athlete decided to shut down his recruitment, by committing to the school which was first on the scene. "It was home to me," Tagaloa gushes. "It really felt like it was a home away from home, so that just sealed the deal. I felt real comfortable around my position coach and I just felt really at home." How did the California coaching staff react? "They were excited," he shares. "I told Coach Michalczik and Coach Lupoi and later on in the week I called Coach Tedford and confirmed it." "They were just excited to have me on board. They've been waiting, because obviously they offered me as a freshman. They were excited; they said it was an overdue wait." The fact that the Golden Bears were the first to notice and extend an offer years ago came into play as Tagaloa made his college decision. "I took that into consideration," he admits. "They stuck with me since I was a freshman, so I knew they were in it for the long run. They were the first to offer." When asked what he's most excited about, Tagaloa did not hesitate. "I'm looking forward to being under Coach Michalczik," he says. Tagaloa has previously described Jim Michalczik as "one of, if not the best offensive line coach in college football," and spoke highly of their relationship. The offensive tackle sees an opportunity in Berkeley and hopes to make an impact right away. "With the left tackle (Mitchell) Schwartz graduating this year, hopefully I can come in as a freshman and start," he explains. "The coaches say they see me coming in and starting if I get my technique right, but as with everything else, you have to come in and work for it."
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