Orangebloods.com released their final rankings of 2014 prep players from the state of Texas on Thursday.
USC commit and three-star cornerback John Plattenburg (Houston, Texas/Lamar) checks in at No. 28; up nine spots from the previous ranking that had him at
Plattenburg is one of five current 2014 commits that could come in and play as a defensive back for the Trojans.
Although he played his senior season in Texas, Plattenburg previously played at Centennial (Calif.) and was at one time a UCLA commit.
Plattenburg and the Trojans came to fruition with Steve Sarkisian’s arrival, which then led to the hiring of defensive backs coach Keith Heyward.
While coaching at Washington, Heyward targeted Plattenburg and carried that interest over to his new position with the Trojans, which was enough to secure the defensive back’s commitment.
Plattenburg only took three official visits, with his last going to USC during the Jan. 17 marquee weekend.
While he may have been watching the 2013 season from afar, Sarkisian’s focus on recruiting defensive backs in the 2014 class signifies his awareness of the need to solidify the back four of the defense.
With the collection of cornerbacks that are currently verbal commits, coupled with returning players, it may finally allow Josh Shaw to return to safety, which is his more natural position.