Fall practice may have kicked off this week but the football recruiting cycle isn’t letting up any time soon. Three-star defensive end Christian Rector of Loyola High School committed to USC Tuesday night after practice, according to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports.Rector, a 6-foot-4, 240 pounder, becomes Steve Sarkisian’s 14th commitment for the 2014 recruiting class, and joins Noah Jefferson as the second defensive end.
That said, Rector told Greg Biggins of Scout that USC intends to have him line up as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 defensive scheme.
They want me as an outside linebacker in a pass rush role. They run multiple fronts but I think their base will be a 3-4. They like my ability to rush the passer and play in space so it’s really good fit for me scheme wise.
Under defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, the Trojans deploy an outside linebacker dubbed as a ‘rush end’, which would suit the style of play Rector speaks of.
In the 2014 class, USC took a pair of rush ends in Malik Dorton and Don Hill, but will lose J.R. Tavai to graduation after this season. Scott Felix and Charles Burks will also return for the 2015 season.
The Trojans have 25 scholarships for the 2015 recruiting class, but can only take on 24 on Signing Day. Kicker Matt Boermeester is blueshirting at USC this far, making him an initial counter towards 2015.
For more on USC’s 2015 football recruiting class, check out our class breakdown.