UCLA may have battered USC on the basketball court Sunday, but the Trojans struck a blow themselves Monday, nabbing former UCLA commit John Plattenburg away from Westwood.
— Gerard Martinez (@gmartlive) January 6, 2014
Plattenburg is a four-star defensive back out of Houston, Texas. His roots are in Southern California however as he transfer away from Centennial last year. As quoted on USCFootball.com, he has strong connections to the Trojans.
“It was tough because I love those guys at UCLA,” said Plattenburg. “But you know, things change. I’ve always grown up a USC fan, and my mom went there so my family is all USC.
Having been a major target of new USC defensive backs coach Keith Heyward at Washington, Plattenburg became a focus for the new staff and he took the opportunity it presented.
At 5-10, 180, Plattenburg is 28th ranked cornerback in the country according to 247sports. He is also the 44th rated player in the state of Texas.
He joins Jonathan Lockett as USC’s two commits in the defensive back field, but whether he joins as a potential stand in for Adoree Jackson, who has yet to choose a destination and might stick to offense even if he does choose the Trojans, remains to be seen.