Four-star center Justin Dedich, the nation’s top player at his position, announced his commitment to the 2018 USC Football recruiting class.
USC Football’s riches on the offensive line grew on Tuesday morning when four-star center Justin Dedich announced his commitment to the Trojans.
“First and foremost I want to thank God for blessing me with all of these incredible opportunities, and I would like to thank every coach that believed in me, offered me a scholarship, and recruited me,” Dedich wrote on Twitter.
“This was an extremely difficult decision, however, after much prayer, consideration, and many school visits; I feel the best fit for me is the University of Southern California. I am proud to say I have verbally committed to USC!”
Hailing from Chaparral High School in Temecula, Dedich is one of the most coveted offensive linemen in the class of 2018. The 6-foot-2, 290-pounder ranks No. 1 among all centers in the 247Sports composite, sitting 19th in the state of California and 154th overall nationally.
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USC beat out the likes of UCLA and Washington for Dedich’s pledge, which comes after the Trojans signed the nation’s No. 2 center, Brett Neilon, in the class of 2017.
Adding Dedich shores up USC’s offensive line interior for years to come. Though the Trojans will lose starting center Nico Falah to graduation after this coming season, versatile lineman Toa Lobendahn will have another year of eligibility available to him in 2018, should he chose to use it. Then 2015 three-star Cole Smith, Neilon and Dedich will be coming down the line.
Dedich’s commitment comes less than 12 hours after another offensive line pledge for the men of Troy. Offensive tackle Liam Douglass, a three-star prospect out of Harvard-Westlake, committed to the Trojans late Monday evening.
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USC now boasts seven commits for the class of 2018, headlined by five-star linebacker Palaie Gaoteote.