Adam Gorney of Rivals.com reports that the USC Trojans have landed two new four-star recruits from the high school Class of 2017: offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker and defensive end Hunter Echols. As Gorney notes, Echols had previously been committed to play for the Trojans’ rivals, the UCLA Bruins:
The Los Angeles Cathedral standout had been committed to UCLA for months and after backing off that pledge, Echols wanted to slow things down, do a round of official visits and take his time with the process.
Gorney quoted Echols:
“I can get on the field fast at USC and then the education plus the alumni, what they can do for me off-the-field is just great so that was the main factor for us. I’m shutting it all the way down. I’m going to take one official visit and that’s to USC. Other than that I’m not going anywhere else.”
247Sports.com currently ranks the Trojans as having the 14th-best recruiting class in the nation for the class of 2017: The team has one five-star recruit, three four-star recruits, and nine three-star recruits. UCLA is ranked at 73rd on the same list after the departure of Echols, who had been one of the team’s two four-star recruits.