USC didn't let July go by without making a bit more noise.
On Sunday afternoon the Trojans struck for the eighth time this month, landing a commitment from four-star defensive end Torrodney Prevot (Houston, Texas/Alief Taylor), who, barring any additional movement, becomes the 18th and final member of the current class. Some thoughts on what his commitment means:
The fifth piece: Just two days ago, after the commitment of four-star defensive end Jason Hatcher from (Louisville, Ky./Trinity), it seemed as if USC had rounded out its D-line for this class. That wasn't the case.
Prevot joins fellow defensive end commits Kylie Fitts (Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley) and Hatcher, and tackle commits Kenny Bigelow (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) and Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer). Hatcher and Prevot are ranked inside the ESPN 300, while Bigelow, Fitts and Vanderdoes are ESPN 150 members.
Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron has had himself quite the month.
Texas two: Prevot is the eighth out-of-state prospect to choose the Trojans and second out of Texas to go along with receiver Eldridge Massington (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite). He is the 10th defensive recruit in the class.
Assurance: Stacking up the commitments does add a bit of wiggle room in case, say, a player like Hatcher is swayed elsewhere later in the process. These are all high-profile, highly coveted athletes who have expressed an interest in looking elsewhere, if just for fun.
Credit the USC coaching staff for being safe in an area of need.
Prevot chose USC over LSU and Texas A&M, and has offers from the likes of Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Vanderbilt. Here is a portion of his scouting report:
“Shows above average long speed and gives good effort in pursuit. Displays some rigidness and solid ability to get redirected. He is a good wrap-up tackler. As a pass rusher he can create some pressure when he can quickly get off the ball and get to the shoulder. He will stay after the play, but can attack the whole man and get caught up and needs to continue to develop the use of his hands and be sure to have a plan. Prevot needs to keep filling out and developing his game, but shows the tools to be a productive defender with enough ability to make some big plays at times as well.”