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Four-star DT Ika: USC is USC, they're going to be good going forward

Four-star DT Ika: USC is USC, they're going to be good going forward

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Siaki Ika is the kind of player USC needs to sign in the 2019 recruiting class. Why? He’s a 6-foot-3, 350-pound, universally recognized four-star defensive tackle. The Trojans just don’t have enough of those players on the roster.

Luckily, Ika says Johnny Nansen and Kenechi Udeze have USC in it for his commitment. He visited the school officially back in June and also placed the Trojans in his top eight. Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Utah and Washington also made the cut.

USC247.com caught up with Ika and asked if USC’s slow start to the season would impact his final decision. He says it won’t.

“Not really,” Ika said. “I talk to the USC coaches quite a bit and I know their team has a lot of potential. They’re going to be good going forward and the d-line is young.”

The product of East HS in Salt Lake City, Utah says the Trojans are still one of his top options.

“Definitely,” Ika said when asked if USC was still high on his list. “USC is USC at the end of the day. It was my first really big time offer. I like it over there. I’ve only taken one official so far and that was my official. They gave me all the reasons to like them. It was a fun visit, I liked it. I liked it because it was more about hanging out with the dudes and the guys that were there.”

Ika plans to take four more official visits before making a commitment and singing a letter of intent in December. From there, he plans to enroll in college early.

So USC will have to continue to make an impression on Ika. He has a lot more to see. The USC coaches have to do that without hosting him on campus again. The young lineman says “I don’t know, probably not.” when asked if he would visit USC again.

It’s also rumored USC is trailing Alabama for Ika’s pledge, although he denies that.

“I think a lot of it is because I visited Alabama twice unofficially,” Ika said when asked why everyone is predicting he’ll go to Alabama. “I think that’s something that they’re using (to predict Alabama.)”

Maybe this weekend will change some of those predictions. Ika is visiting LSU and the Tigers are involved in a game with national championship implications.

At the end of the day, winning is something that’s important to Ika.

“I think it matters,” Ika said when asked if he wants to play for a winner. “Everyone wants to win, everyone wants to get a ring and everyone wants a chance to compete at the next level and get a chance to develop themselves best.”

USC’s staff might have work to do if that criteria matters enough to this young prospect.

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