Attended Mililani High School in Hawaii his freshman year and Bishop Gorman High school in Las Vegas, Nevada. In high school, he was a three-time state champion and two-time national champion. In 2017, he was a Max Preps First-Team All-American, USA Today Second-Team All-USA, and USA Today Defensive Player of the Year. According to 247sports and Rivals, he was a five-star prospect, while ESPN had him listed as a four-star prospect, although he was 18th on ESPN’s Top 300. Prior to selecting USC, Palaie Gaoteote IV had offers that included Ohio State, Alabama, Texas, and Florida. Gaoteote IV signed his letter of intent in December of 2017 and officially enrolled at USC in June of 2018.
As a true freshman in 2018, Gaoteote IV started five games, and appeared in ten, for the Trojans. He finished with 38 total tackles, 4.5 for loss, and two sacks. Palaie Gaoteote IV missed the first two games of the season for USC as he was recuperating from preseason knee surgery.
In 2019, Gaoteote IV battled through ankle injuries, but was able to start seven games for the Trojans. He finished the season with 58 total tackles, including three for a loss. Additionally, He had double-digit tackles in a conference game against Utah.