The Ole Miss coaching staff wanted to see how Boss Tagaloa performed in the state championship game and even though he was only a freshman, the Rebels were intrigued by the Concord (Calif.) De La Salle recruit.
After numerous conversations and the Ole Miss coaches reviewing his freshman year film, they decided to offer the 6-foot-3, 250-pound offensive lineman who still has three years of high school football remaining.
Landing an offer from the SEC is big for any prospect but especially a 2016 recruit who said it really came as a shock that the Rebels reached out so early.
"They offered on Mother's Day," Tagaloa said. "It was a surprise. I never thought my first offer would be Ole Miss out of all these schools.
"We called the coach that Mother's Day night and we talked from there. He offered me during that conversation."
Tagaloa, who is also hearing from Washington and some other Pac-12 programs, said his freshman season film was most important in getting his first offer.
Concord De La Salle is one of the top football programs in the country and after winning another state championship this past season, it gave Tagaloa the necessary exposure to land his first offer before he could even drive a car.
"I think they saw my film from this past season and they wanted to see how I played in the state game as a freshman," Tagaloa said.
"They said they were really impressed but that was it pretty much so far. They told me to keep my grades up."
The 2016 prospect is not the brother of Cal offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa, a 6-foot-9, 340-pound former four-star prospect. They are not related.