Five-star athlete De’Gabriel Floyd announced his commitment to the USC football recruiting class of 2019 on Monday morning.
The USC football recruiting pipeline to Hawkins High School is alive and well — and should continue through the class of 2019 with the commitment of De’Gabriel Floyd.
Floyd is one of the top-rated players in his year. Listed as an athlete, the five-star prospect plays running back and outside linebacker for Hawkins.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is the first commitment for USC’s 2019 class.
Floyd announced his decision to commit on Twitter:
"First I would like to thank the one who created the heavens and the earth for gifting me with my abilities. Also I want to thank him for my mom, sisters, and all my family for being in my corner through all my ups and downs. I would also like to thank two men that have had possibly the biggest impact on my life since the first time I met them, which are my coaches Malik and Mil’von James, who if it weren’t for them I don’t know what my life would be worth at this point. With that being said, I would like to say I am committing to The University of Southern California."
Though it is still early in the process, Floyd ranks No. 2 among athletes per 247Sports.
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He is also ranked as the fourth best player from the state of California and 31st in the class nationally.
It’s easy to imagine where Floyd might fit in at USC whether ends up on the offensive or defensive side of the ball.
As a running back, Floyd would arrive just as highly-touted prospect Stephen Carr will be entering his junior season.
As a linebacker, the competition might be stiffer with a strong group coming in in 2018.
USC is still working on filling up spots for the 2018 class as Floyd becomes the first for 2019.
This cycle, the Trojans boast commitments from five-star quarterback Matt Corral and linebacker Palaie Gaoteote.
Fellow Hawkins product Marcus Johnson, a four-star cornerback, is also committed along with four-star linebackers Raymond Scott and Bo Calvert.