USC linebacker recruit Fred Warner (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills) selected BYU as his college of choice on signing day, tweeting the news with all-caps excitement.
I WILL BE ATTENDING COLLEGE AT BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY #RISEUP
— Fred Warner (@fred_warner) February 5, 2014
Warner, a four-star linebacker, was a target for USC even though there have been questions about whether there would be room for him in the Trojans’ crowded and limited recruiting class.
With big fish like Damien Mama, John “Juju” Smith and Adoree Jackson still in play as signing day approached, USC couldn’t guarantee that a spot would be open, especially for a player at a position with less need. Lamont Simmons, a Florida corner, announced for USC earlier today, possibly filling the potential final spot in the Trojan class.
Warner, a 6’3, 2005 outside linebacker, kept his options open by visiting USC last week, but he stuck with his April verbal commitment to BYU.
Rivals rates him as the #15 linebacker and #25 player in the state.
USC has linebackers Scott Starr, Jabari Ruffin, Michael Hutchings and Quinton Powell waiting in the wings as sophomores this coming season. There are no linebackers coming in for the Trojans this year.
Steve Sarkisian’s first USC class now stands at 17 signees with Smith and Jackson due to make their decisions later in the day.