Four-star defensive end Cameron Latu named his top schools on Wednesday, including USC football among his favorites as he whittled his list to 10.
Salt Lake City’s Cameron Latu has narrowed his recruitment down to 10, the highly-coveted defensive end announced on Wednesday night.
USC made the cut along with Alabama, BYU, Cal, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, Utah and Washington.
“First I would like to thank every college that has offered me the opportunity to play at the next level and fulfill my dreams of becoming a Division 1 football player,” Latu wrote on Twitter. “It has been a long and thoughtful process for me and my family but we have narrowed it down to these 10 schools. Although I am still open to being recruited by any school.
“Thank you to all that have supported me through this journey of mine.”
Latu is one of the top players in Utah for the class of 2018, ranking fourth in a state which has proven to be fertile recruiting ground for the Trojans over the years.
The 6-foot-5, 236-pound defensive end is rated as the ninth-best player at his position in this cycle and the No. 218 player in the country.
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Given his size, Latu could slot into the Predator position at USC, where fellow Utah-native Porter Gustin has thrived for the Trojans. If he continues to grow, the Olympus-product could also have a future on the inside as a defensive end, should he sign up next February.
USC has recruited those positions strongly in recent times. Though Gustin could move on to the NFL after this season, the Trojans boast Oluwole Betiku and Connor Murphy behind him.
At defensive end, there are bigger concerns with Rasheem Green soon to be eligible for the pros as well.
The Trojans already have several major targets in hand for 2018. Commits include five-star quarterback Matt Corral and five-star linebacker Palaie Gaoteote. However, USC does not currently have any pledges from defensive linemen.