Three-star defensive tackle Josh Fatu flipped his commitment from Boise State to USC on Signing Day, helped the Trojans in a position of need.
Long Beach City College defensive end Josh Fatu provided a surprise on Signing Day when opted to sign for USC rather than Boise State, where he had committed last week.
That makes him the 17th commitment for USC in the class of 2016. Here’s a look at the new Trojan:
Josh Fatu | Defensive Tackle
Height: 6-2 Weight: 280
Scout’s Take: Fatu is the ninth-best defensive tackle coming out of the junior college ranks this class and the No. 17 JUCO prospect in California, according to the 247Sports composite.
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Impact: USC has struggled to land defensive tackles in the 2016 class. They tried to flip Florida commit Jachai Polite without luck and appear out of the running for De La Salle’s Boss Tagaloa.
That seems to have opened up a spot for the JUCO transfer to come in and provide some much needed depth on a Trojan defensive line which has lost five graduating seniors. Tackle has been the big concern, with Antwaun Woods and Cody Temple both departed, along with Claude Pelon and Delvon Simmons.
Fatu could end up further down the pecking order than last year’s signees Noah Jefferson, Jacob Daniel and Kevin Scott, but he is an important addition nonetheless as a much needed body inside.