USC has received the signed letter of intent from four-star hybrid defensive end Olajuwon Tucker (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra), according to Gerard Martinez of USCfootball.com.
In his senior season with the Cavaliers, Tucker recorded 117 tackles, including 25 for loss. He also added seven interceptions and four fumble recoveries.
While outside perception may paint the picture of a Trojan class in limbo given their pursuit of high-profile, uncommitted players, the class is in actuality full of commits who weren’t in flux as National Signing Day approached.
One of those would be Tucker, who only took two official visits — first, Washington State and last, to USC. Tucker pondered making a visit to Miami in late January before he ultimately decided against it.
At 6-4 and 225 pounds, Tucker fits the mold of a player who has the capability to rush off the edge or drop back into coverage. His versatility should be key for new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and his expected multiple defense.
Tucker’s signing also helps re-establish the pipeline from USC to Serra that had been dormant since it delivered George Farmer and Marqise Lee to the Trojans in 2011.
Rivals ranks Tucker as the No. 11 weakside defensive end and No. 28 player in California.