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Clayton Johnston Commits to USC

For the second time in a few weeks, Steve Sarkisian’s USC Trojans have added their ninth commitment of the 2015 recruiting class. This verbal pledge comes in the form of three-star offensive tackle Clayton Johnston out of Anaheim’s Servite High School.

Johnston chose the Trojans over the likes of Arizona State, Wake Forest and California, and he currently has scholarship offers from seven Pac-12 schools. That list doesn’t include UCLA and Colorado, who have both shown interest in Johnston, but have yet to extend a scholarship offer.

At 6-foot-6, 289 pounds, Johnston is quite a big body and serves as a perfect example of how much the Trojans are targeting true offensive tackles in this recruiting cycle. Last year, USC signed five offensive linemen, with nearly all of them projecting to be interior linemen at the college level.

Both projected starting tackles, Chad Wheeler and Max Tuerk, are draft eligible following this season, while Aundrey Walker will be a senior, making depth at the tackle position paramount for USC’s 2015 class.

With Johnston on board for 2015, USC’s class now has three offensive linemen. Chuma Edoga and Roy Hemsley committed earlier this spring, with the former sitting atop the Rivals rankings for offensive tackles.

Johnston’s commitment also moves the 2015 recruiting class back up to nine following the decommitment of long-time quarterback recruit David Sills.

Earlier today tight end Tyler Petite of Moraga, CA left the Trojans disappointed by committing to Duke.

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