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Anthony Beavers commits to USC

USC landed another big piece of its 2021 recruiting class on Wednesday afternoon, as defensive athlete Anthony Beavers joined the Trojans’ class.

Beavers announced his commitment on instagram live, by donning a USC jacket and a pair of sunglasses, flashing a fight on and saying, simply, “Fight on.”

The four-star prospect is commitment No. 7 for the Trojans in this class and continues USC’s run as the top class in the Pac-12. Beavers (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound, four-star prospect and the nation’s No. 189 overall recruit.

His commitment is a significant one, as Beavers initially committed to Oregon in April of last season, but the Trojans were ultimately able to complete the flip.

When USC defensive coordinator Todd Orlando came to USC in January, Beavers was one of the first prospects he reached out to, and he said it meant a lot.

“It’s dope for him to already reach out,” Beavers said back in late January. “It’s a blessing to see how much of a priority I am.”

At the time, Beavers was still committed to Oregon, but said USC coaches were pushing the narrative of staying home and taking advantage of all the opportunities and connections, both on and off the field, that a USC education and football career with the Trojans can provide.

When Donte Williams came on board with the Trojans, after recruiting Beavers hard at Oregon, it felt like only a matter of time before Beavers joined the USC class. But this is still a big commitment for the Trojans, as Beavers is another prospect who could turn into a recruiting leader for the 2021 class. He’s also a valuable defensive asset, and really fits the mold of a defender with a run-and-hit mentality, which Orlando constantly preaches.

Beavers could have some position versatility at the next level, as he is a pretty natural safety but enjoys contact to the point where he could grow into a linebacker.

In a class like this, where USC should have plenty of scholarships to play with, a prospect like Beavers is pretty much a recruiting win-win-win, where the Trojans can bring in a very talented player, someone who helps them locally and will be a vocal national recruiter, and a prospect who could maybe play a couple different spots, allowing coaches to juggle targets later in the recruiting cycle.

Beavers is overall commitment No. 7 for USC’s 2021 class, and the fourth added since early March. He joins quarterback and former high school teammate Jake Garcia (La Habra, Calif./La Habra), linebacker Ma’a Gaoteote (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), defensive tackle Jay Toia (Simi Valley, Calif./Grace Brethren), running back Brandon Campbell (Katy, Texas/Katy), safety Xamarion Gordon (Downey, Calif./Warren) and offensive lineman Mason Murphy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./JSerra).

USC is also chasing safety Jaylin Smith (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany) in this class, and that trio of four-star safeties (including Gordon) would set the Trojans up nicely at the position.

Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.

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