USC football added a late commit for the class of 2017 on Friday with Mater Dei kicker Chase McGrath set to join in the fall.
Starting spring camp this week, USC’s list of available kickers is particularly short. But entering the fall, there will be one more name added to the rotation.
Mater Dei’s Chase McGrath, a five-star kicker and punter per Kohl’s Kicking camp, announced his commitment to USC as a part of the Trojans 2017 class on Friday evening.
“This has been a dream and a vision of mine for as long as I could remember,” McGrath wrote on Twitter. “I am extremely proud to announce I will be continue my education and football career at the University of Southern California!”
— Chase McGrath (@ChaseMcGrath) March 11, 2017
Since USC used its allotment of scholarships for 2017, McGrath is likely joining the Trojans as a walk-on.
McGrath led the nation in kickoff yards in 2016 and hit 84 touchbacks on 106 kicks as a senior. He made 10-of-13 field goal attempts in 2015 and 3-of-5 attempts in 2016.
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USC is in need of kickers with just one place kicker — redshirt freshman Michael Brown — currently on the roster.
Rose Bowl-winning kicker Matt Boermeester is off the roster while under investigation for a code of conduct issue and could be unavailable for the Trojans in 2017. His status remains up in the air.
That leaves Brown, who is on scholarship, as USC’s only option at kicker, though punter Reid Budrovich can also kick.
McGrath’s addition means the Trojans have some cover at the position, whether or not Boermeester returns. He’ll join fellow Mater Dei alums cornerback Jonathan Lockett, offensive lineman Frank Martin and walk-on defensive lineman Connor Rossow at USC.