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Prophet Brown commits to USC

USC landed a commitment from one of California’s top prospects on Sunday afternoon, as four-star athlete Prophet Brown (Monterey Trail, Calif./Elk Grove) joined the Trojans’ 2021 recruiting class.

Brown is a major recruiting win for USC in this class, as he’s the No. 206 overall prospect and No. 15 overall cornerback.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Brown possesses true speed–he ran under 11 seconds in the 100 as a sophomore–and is one of the fastest players, regardless of position, in the state. Brown could excel as a running back in college, but he’ll likely head to USC as a cornerback, where he shows terrific potential.

His initial burst and change of direction ability make him great in coverage and he brings an offensive mindset to the defensive side, where he consistently looks to make plays on the ball.

He did a bit of everything on the field as a junior. Brown rushed for 779 yards, had 343 yards receiving and 342 yards in kickoff returns. He also completed three passes for three touchdowns, intercepted three passes and scored 18 total touchdowns–11 rushing, five receiving, one kickoff return and one interception return.

His production in all three phases could continue at the next level, as Brown could easily find himself in the mix as a returner and with a few offensive plays designed for him as a running back or in the slot.

This is a big recruiting win for USC, as Brown was a top target for plenty of programs and had a final six that consisted of Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon and USC. Brown is also another top-25 California prospect (he’s No. 21 according to the composite rankings and No. 11 according to 247 Sports) in USC’s 2021 class, which means USC now holds commitments from nine of the top 30 players in the state one year after the Trojans signed just two of the top 30 California prospects in the 2020 class.

Brown is commitment No. 18 for USC’s 2021 recruiting class, which ranks among the top 10 classes in the country.

He’s the fifth defensive back to commit to the Trojans in this class and the second-consecutive cornerback, following the commitment of four-star corner Jaylin Smith (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany) in late June.

The two corners join four-star safeties Calen Bullock (Pasadena, Calif./Muir), Xamarion Gordon (Downey, Calif./Warren) and Anthony Beavers (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne).

That defensive back quintet is joined on that side of the ball by a pair of four-star linebackers in Ma’a Gaoteote (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Julien Simon (Tacoma, Wash./Lincoln) and defensive linemen Jay Toia (Simi Valley, Calif./Grace Brethren) and Colin Mobley (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic).

The other nine commitments in this class are on the offensive side of the ball, led by four-star quarterbacks Jake Garcia (La Habra, Calif./La Habra) and Miller Moss (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei). Running back Brandon Campbell (Katy, Texas/Katy), tight end Lake McRee (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis) and wide receivers Quay Davis (Dallas/Skyline) and Michael Jackson III (Las Vegas/Desert Pines) make up the skill position players, and are joined by offensive linemen Mason Murphy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./JSerra), Saia Mapakaitolo (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany) and Maximus Gibbs (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco).

The Trojans will likely look to add at least one more cornerback in this class, with local standout Ceyair Wright (Los Angeles/Loyola) one of the top targets. USC is also pursuing Nathaniel Wiggins (Atlanta/Westlake), who is set to announce his decision in late August, but LSU has likely taken the lead in that race.

USC did not sign a single defensive back in the 2020 class, though the Trojans brought in a big group in 2019, including cornerbacks Chris Steele, Max Williams, Dorian Hewett, Adonis Otey and Jayden Williams, and safeties Briton Allen and Kaulana Makaula.

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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