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USC Recruiting Target Brett Neilon to Announce Commitment

Hank Shaw
Jun 7, 2016, 1:37 PM PDT
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Four-star center Brett Neilon, a top recruiting target for USC, is set to announce his decision between the Trojans, Michigan and Washington on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-2, 280-pound center signaled the announcement on Twitter, Tuesday night.

Neilon, out of Orange County powerhouse Rancho Santa Margarita, is graded as a four-star in the 247Sports Composite, while being ranked 197th overall in the 2017 class. He’s the second-ranked center.

The Trojans have been in the hunt for offensive line commitments, as they’ve yet haul one in since Neil Callaway took over as offensive line coach at the start of the year.

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Neilon has been pegged as a USC lean by 247Sports’ crystal ball projections, but both Michigan and Washington are still very much in play.

Former Trojan coach and current Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno met with Neilon back in April, after the center recruit went on unofficial visits to all three of his finalists during spring break in March.

For USC, he’s a player of need considering that he’s specialized at center, where depth is always pivotal. The Trojans went through four centers last year alone, and only 2015 recruit Cole Smith has meaningful eligibility that would carry over into Neilon’s potential timeline.

Toa Lobendahn, Khaliel Rodgers and Nico Falah will all be juniors in 2016, and with linemen so heavy prone to redshirting, it’s not likely that any of them would be around by 2018.

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Currently, USC has six commitments in the 2017 recruiting class, highlighted by skill players Stephen Carr and Bubba Bolden.

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