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USC lands Raesjon Davis

The USC Trojans fired off another shot on Wednesday morning and the resulting Kaboom came in the form of a commitment from four-star linebacker Raesjon Davis.

Davis, the nation’s No. 48 overall prospect, announced his commitment Wednesday morning during the CBS Sports HQ signing day show.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound prospect selected USC over Ohio State, while LSU, Oregon and Vanderbilt rounded out his final five. He was committed to LSU for nearly the entire 2020 calendar year, making is commitment to the Tigers on New Year’s Day before ultimately decommitting in late-December.

USC pursued Davis throughout the recruiting process, as California’s No. 3 prospect was seen as a priority recruit on the defensive side of the ball. Landing him provides USC with a huge addition in terms of both on the field and off.

On it, Davis gives USC a second extremely talented linebacker in this class — four-star linebacker Julien Simon signed during the early signing period — and a prospect who could play inside or outside linebacker and has the skills and temperament to contribute early in his career. He possesses great speed and coverage ability for a linebacker, and he’s also extremely efficient at rushing the passer and getting into the backfield when allowed to rush off the edge. There is very little he can’t do on the field, and brings with him a high football IQ and willingness to be physical in the box.

After announcing his commitment, Davis spoke about his ability to fit into this USC defense and the fact that he feels he’s part of a 2021 class that can take USC back to where the Trojans have been before as it pertains to the national landscape and discussion.

Off the field, Davis is another name-brand recruit in this class, known to virtually every 2022 prospect and another guy who will move the needle for future recruits thinking about USC.

The Trojans entered the 2021 recruiting cycle with a handful of local defensive prospects considered must-gets, and Davis joins No. 1 overall prospect Korey Foreman at the top of that list. At various points, it looked as though both were certain to head well away from Los Angeles, with Foreman committed to Clemson and Davis to LSU. But the USC coaches worked both hard and eventually were able to land them, a major step in reestablishing USC as a hot destination for Southern California’s best prospects.

Davis adds to a USC recruiting class that came into signing day ranked No. 8 in the nation. His commitment means USC signed two of the top three prospects in California (as well as four of the top eight and nine of the top 19), one year after the Trojans signed just two of the top 30 California prospects.

His commitment also gives USC another Mater Dei standout, and Davis joins wide receiver Kyron Ware-Hudson in this 2021 class as former Monarchs now turned Trojans. USC already holds a commitment from five-star 2022 Mater Dei cornerback Domani Jackson and is in the mix for several other Mater Dei standouts in the 2022 and 2023 classes.

This is a big addition for the Trojans on all fronts, as Davis possess all the intangibles to become a future star and potential team captain down the line.

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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