Sep 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of the John McKay Center and Brittingham Field on the campus of the University of Southern California. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Leon McQuay III Chose USC for Academics

Highly sought after five-star safety prospect Leon McQuay III ended his high school career with an appearance in the Under Armour All-American game and by announcing that he will play his college ball at USC.

The six-foot-two, 185-pound safety has already graduated and will enroll at Troy later this month. McQuay took official visits to Vanderbilt, Oregon, Florida State and Michigan before taking one to USC. He is USC’s seventh early enrollee.

McQuay first took in the USC experience in September, on an unofficial visit Labor Day weekend. In December, Lane Kiffin and his arsenal of top recruiters visited him in his Tampa, Florida home. It was then that McQuay really got hyped on USC, for more reasons than one.

The coaching staff and the Los Angeles setting appealed greatly to McQuay, but it is the academia that USC boasts that had his parents sold on the program. Sources close to the family say the McQuays were blown away by the academic opportunities their son would have at USC, and they are huge proponents of higher education. McQuay intends to study musical engineering, a major that USC offers as apart of the Thornton School of Music.

With McQuay in the mix, USC now boasts a menacing safety tandem with Su’a Cravens, Gerald Bowman, Josh Shaw and McQuay expected to compete immediately during spring ball.

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