The USC Trojans picked up their first running back commitment of the 2015 recruiting class on Monday, as Aca’Cedric Ware out of Cedar Hill, Texas announced his decision to verbally commit to Troy over the Iowa Hawkeyes. The commitment was broadcast on KDFW, a local news station in Dallas.
Ware is a three-star back that has had plenty of scholarship offers from nationally ranked programs, with Iowa appearing to be USC’s biggest challenger for the commitment going into the day. Ohio State and Notre Dame were also finalists.
As of Sunday evening, 54 percent of analysts on The Crystal Ball at 247Sports had Ware going to the Trojans.
In December, Ware capped off a big junior season by rushing for 124 yards in a win over powerhouse Katy in the Texas 5A-II State Championship.
He ran for a total of 1,289 yards in 2013, while averaging 9.27 yards per carry and totaling 11 touchdowns.
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It’s a big get for the Trojans, who are desperately looking for running back depth.
Come signing day, it’s not inconceivable that the Trojans could be down to just one scholarship running back: Justin Davis.
Co-starters Javorius ‘Buck’ Allen and Tre Madden will be draft eligible juniors after this season, and both D.J. Morgan and Anthony Brown are seniors.
Plus, back in early June, the Trojans lost out on former five-star running back Ty Isaac, who transferred to Michigan for family reasons that drew him back to his midwest roots.
In February, head coach Steve Sarkisian said that it was his goal to sign two backs in the upcoming class, but that could go up to three given Isaac’s transfer and any potential early draft entry of Allen and/or Madden.
With Ware now in tow, the Trojans have 13 commitments to the 2015 class, putting them over half way to their limit of bringing in 25 scholarship players.