USC Football Recruiting Update – February 20, 2017

USC football recruiting update as of Monday, February 20, 2017. The Trojans added a huge commitment from 5-star outside linebacker Palaie Gaoteote. 

The Trojans are on a completely different level right now.

There isn’t another team in the Pac-12, and very few in all of college football, recruiting as well as Clay Helton’s team is right now. They capped off a successful 2017 haul on National Signing Day earlier this month, and they’re carrying that momentum over to the 2018 class.

On Sunday night, 5-star prospect Palaie Gaoteote committed to USC. He’s ranked as the No. 1 outside linebacker and No. 16 overall player in the CI 25 rankings. With his verbal pledge, the Trojans now have six total commits in the cycle and moved up from No. 6 to No. 2 in the 2018 recruiting class rankings.

Gaoteote’s commitment is also their second from a 5-star recruit. USC landed Matt Corral in February of 2016, as he was the first member of the Trojans’ 2018 class.

USC has a good shot at adding another 5-star commitment at some point in the cycle, as it’s still chasing Jalen Hall, the No. 1 wide receiver and No. 6 overall player in the CI 25.

USC Football Recruiting Update

Complete Class

  • No. 2 Overall Class
  • Total Commits: 6
  • 5-Star Commits: 2
  • 4-Star Commits: 4
  • 3-Star Commits: 0
  • Palaie Gaoteote: 5-Star, No. 1 OLB, No. 16 Overall
  • Matt Corral: 5-Star, No. 2 QB, No. 5 Overall
  • Bo Calvert: 4-Star, No. 5 OLB, No. 41 Overall
  • Raymond Scott: 4-Star, No. 6 OLB, No. 46 Overall
  • Manuel Allen: 4-Star, No. 11 WR, No. 78 Overall
  • Marcus Johnson: 4-Star, No. 11 CB, No. 114 Overall

Top Targets

  • Jalen Hall: 5-Star, No. 1 WR, No. 6 Overall
  • Solomon Tuliaupupu: 4-Star, No. 3 OLB, No. 29 Overall
  • Brevin Jordan: 4-Star, No. 1 TE, No. 27 Overall
  • Aashari Crosswell: 4-Star, No. 6 S, No. 66 Overall
  • Merlin Robertson: 4-Star, No. 9 OLB, No. 96 Overall

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USC made a huge splash by landing 5-star outside linebacker Palaie Gaoteote.

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