The Trojans added their second verbal commitment of the week, as lineman Kyle Juergens announced his pledge to USC just two days after picking up an offer.
Juergens (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./St. Margaret’s) is a 6-foot-4 and a half, 241-pound, two-way prospect, though he will head to USC as a defensive end.
Juergens earned an offer following USC’s elite camp on Wednesday, and wasted little time in announcing his commitment.
Then wasted even less time celebrating that commitment.
Juergens is the first defensive player to join USC’s 2020 class, and also the first lineman on either side of the ball. While he will start his career on the defensive side, it’s easy to envision him making the flip to offense.
The Trojans will likely need to load up on both lines in this 2020 class, so adding a prospect like Juergens benefits both the numbers there and the flexibility of who else can be added to the class.
Juergens has had a fairly meteoric recruiting rise this spring, picking up his first offer from Nevada on May 13, then adding his first Power 5 offer, from Arizona State, after performing well in front of the Sun Devils coaches at their big man camp this past week. His recruitment came full circle when he again showed up impressively in front of the USC coaches during the Trojans elite camp and walked away with another Pac-12 offer.
Juergens joins 2021 athlete Velltray Jefferson (Fresno, Calif./Edison) as players to make commitments to USC shortly following that elite camp. Juergens is now commitment No. 5 in USC’s 2020 class, joining quarterback Bryce Young (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei), wide receiver Josh Jackson (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne), tight end Jack Yary (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley), and kicker Parker Lewis (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro).