Less than an hour after getting the verbal commitment of Bryce Dixon at the 2014 Army All-American Bowl, the USC Trojans have received their second commitment of the day, at a position of need. Four-star wide receiver Rahshead Johnson from Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, Calif. pledged to Steve Sarkisian’s Trojans over the likes of ASU and Washington State, per Greg Biggins of FOX and Scout.
“Fight on, I’m a Trojan,” LB Cabrillo (Calif.) WR Rahshead Johnson #USC
— Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) January 4, 2014
Johnson is the 21st ranked wide receiver in the nation according to Rivals, and he becomes the 16th commitment in the Trojans’ 2014 Class.
With Marqise Lee announcing last night that he’s headed to the 2014 NFL Draft, Johnson becomes that much more important, as USC is thin at receiver. In 2014, the Trojans will return just two wide receivers with more than five career catches: Nelson Agholor and Darreus Rogers. Dixon should get playing time early, or at least have the ability to compete early at receiver, along with Shay Fields, who also committed to the Trojans.
Having said that, according to Gerard Martinez of USCFootball, Johnson’s intentions at USC lie on the other side of the ball.
Rahshead Johnson told me today on his commitment that he would like to play defensive back at #USC.
— Gerard Martinez (@gmartlive) January 4, 2014
With 16 commits, the Trojans now has just three scholarships remaining before Signing Day, as they can only sign 19 players. Convieniently, Sarkisian’s staff has three top targets, in Adoree Jackson, Juju Smith and Damien Mama.