Caleb Tremblay commits, signs for 2018 USC Football recruiting class


Four-star junior college defensive tackle Caleb Tremblay committed to join the 2018 USC Football recruiting class, giving the Trojans an immediate contributor in the trenches.

USC’s 2018 recruiting haul got a big bigger on Friday with the addition of four-star defensive tackle Caleb Tremblay.

The junior college transfer from American River Community College in Sacramento tweeted out his decision, thanking those who recruited him and coached him. Shortly after, USC confirmed the signing of the newest Trojan.

“This has been a long time coming and I’m happy to say I’m going to be a Trojan, Fight On!” Tremblay wrote.

Tremblay, who was also considering Washington, is a 6-foot-5, 275 pound defensive tackle who should be an immediate contributor for the Trojans. He is the top junior college prospect in California, per the 247Sports composite, and ranks No. 13 nationally. He ranks fifth among JUCO defensive tackles.

While USC has done an excellent job of stocking the cupboard on the defensive line in recruiting, adding Marlon Tuipulotu, Jay Tufele and Brandon Pili at tackle in the 2017 class, there is still a need on the roster for a player like Tremblay.

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The Trojans will lose starter Josh Fatu, a junior college transfer himself, to graduation after the Cotton Bowl, while senior lineman Kenny Bigelow left the team during the season and intends to transfer. On top of that, starting defensive end Rasheem Green could opt to leave early for the NFL.

As USC transitions towards youth on the defensive front, Tremblay could be a valuable veteran, if new, presence. After all, the Trojans had great success with Stevie Tu’ikolovatu in 2016 and Fatu this year.

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Tremblay joins a 2018 class which already includes commitment from four-star defensive tackle recruits Trevor Trout and Tuli Letuligasenoa. However, the pair are set to sign in the February window. Tremblay on the other hand is signed on and expected to join the Trojans for spring camp, which will give him a valuable head start to settle in and gear up to make an immediate impact.