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Work to be done on defensive line recruiting

By Garry Paskwietz

With signing day fast approaching, one of the areas of focus for the USC Trojans continues to be on the defensive line.

The Trojans sit now with only two verbal commits on the line following the de-commit over the weekend by ESPN 300 defensive tackle Keyshon Camp, the big man from Florida who had originally committed to USC last summer and then seemingly re-confirmed that commit in recent weeks. Recruiting is a fluid world, however, and those plans changed for Camp after receiving an Ohio State offer last week, and he now appears to be headed elsewhere.

USC also lost a defensive tackle pledge last month when Keanu Salepaga announced he was no longer a verbal commit, and he is now listing Colorado and BYU as his final two choices. 

The good news for the Trojans is that the two verbal D-line commits (Oluwole Betiku and Liam Jimmons) are both already enrolled at USC for the spring semester and will be taking part in spring ball drills in March. Betiku is the highest ranked commit for the Trojans, No. 59 in the ESPN 300, and both players are scheduled to begin their careers at the stand-up OLB/DE spot in the Clancy Pendergast 5-2 defense.

There are also plenty of top prospects remaining on the wish list that could completely swing the fortunes of the D-line class.

Click here to read the full story at the ESPN USC blog


Garry Paskwietz

A 1988 graduate of USC with a degree in Sports Information. Worked in sports marketing for LA Lakers and Miller Brewing Company. Began covering the Trojans in 1996 with the Trojan Football Fax. Founded WeAreSC in November 1998 with stints at Scout and ESPN. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.

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