Despite a narrative of recent de-commitments being pinned on USC’s vast underachievement in 2012, Lane Kiffin pulled a rabbit out of his hat in the form of Leon McQuay III. The 5-star safety out of Tampa chose the Trojans over Florida State and Vanderbilt during Friday’s Under Armour All-American Game, and he becomes the 15th committed player to USC’s Class of 2013.
McQuay, a safety, is considered to be the second best safety in the nation behind fellow USC commit Su’a Cravens. He’s earned a 5-star rating from Rivals, in addition to being ranked 19th in the Rivals 250.
The safety put on a cardinal and gold Trojans cap during the game’s fourth quarter and just minutes after Mission Viejo safety Max Redfield selected Notre Dame as his college of choice. Redfield de-committed from USC back in early November, and with McQuay now on board, the Trojans have filled the void Redfield left.
With McQuay on board, the Trojans now have 15 players committed for the Class of 2013, including two 5-star safeties in McQuay and Cravens. Both will enrollee early at USC and are expected to compete for immediate playing time in 2013, due to the graduation of starting safeties T.J. McDonald and Jawanza Starling.