The USC Trojans added another name to the mix for the 2014 Recruiting Class, as four-star linebacker Derik “D.J.” Calhoun committed to Lane Kiffin’s squad during ESPNU’s broadcast of Nike’s The Opening, from Beaverton, Ore.
Calhoun, a 6-foot tall, 196 pound outside linebacker, is the seventh rated linebacker in the class according to Rivals, and made the FanSided 150 ranked as the 107th best overall recruit. The linebacker hails from El Cerrito, and holds offers from 10 of the 12 schools in the Pac-12, with Oregon and Stanford being the only two not to offer him as of now.
UCLA was the biggest hurdle for Kiffin’s Trojans to overcome, but according to Lindsay Thiry of FOX Sports and Scout, it was “family and tradition” that won him over and put him Cardinal and Gold.
Calhoun will join a outside/hybrid linebacker corps in 2014 with fellow young players Michael Hutchings, Scott Starr and Jabari Ruffin, all of whom will play their out freshman eligibility in 2013.
With Calhoun aboard, USC now has seven commitments to the 2014 class, with Calhoun being the first non-lineman. USC has representation at The Opening other than Calhoun, with the most notable presence being Toa Lobendahn, who shaved an ‘SC’ into his head to show off his now year-long commitment.