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USC offers 8th grade defensive lineman

The USC coaches have been active on the recruiting trail since the arrival of the new defensive staff, as they’ve extended offers to prospects all over the country in the 2021, ’22 and ’23 classes. On Thursday, USC dipped into the 2024 class, as the Trojans extended an offer to eighth grade defensive lineman Aydin Breland.

It’s not often that USC puts out an offer to a prospect so young, but it’s also not often that an eighth grader tips the scales at 6-foot-5 and 321 pounds, with tremendous athleticism.

Breland’s first offer came from Arizona State when he was in sixth grade. Oregon offered as a seventh grader. Colorado, Kansas and Kansas State have all offered, and now USC is in the mix.

Video of Breland receiving the offer from USC

Breland attends Winners Circle Academy, which is no stranger to pumping out top prospects, as DJ Uiagalelei, Korey Foreman, Domani Jackson and Matayo Uiagalelei–all potential top-10 prospects in their respective recruiting classes–have come through there before heading off to high school. Breland looks like the next superstar prospect, and could be the next five-star recruit out of St. John Bosco.

There have been a few times USC has extended offers to prospects before they’ve reached the high school level. Quarterback David Sills famously received an offer from the Trojans and committed to USC as a seventh grader, and Arizona running back Nathan Tilford picked up an offer from the Trojans before he began high school.

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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