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Juco CB Jaylen Watson commits to USC

Junior college cornerback Jaylen Watson is the newest addition to USC’s 2019 recruiting class.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound cornerback announced a top five on Saturday night, then quickly moved to announce his commitment on Sunday morning.

The Trojans are in need of potentially several defensive backs as they look to finish off this class. USC recently missed on cornerback Chris Steele as well as safety Noa Pola-Gates, and was unable to flip a few safeties committed to Pac-12 programs prior to the early signing period. Watson joins cornerbacks Max Williams and Trey Davis, along with safety Briton Allen as defensive backs in this class. USC is also pursuing Arkansas cornerback commit Adonis Otey and safety Kaulana Makaula.

Watson received a visit from USC defensive backs coach Greg Burns earlier this month and reportedly took his official visit to USC this weekend.

This season, Watson posted 43 tackles and four interceptions for Ventura. He prepped at Lucy C. Laney High School in August, Georgia.

USC now has 21 commitments for the 2019 class, with 18 of them already signed.

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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