Julius Irvin commits to Washington over USC, Alabama

STANFORD, CA - OCTOBER 5: Harry the Husky, the mascot of the Washington Huskies, waves to spectators before a game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Washington Huskies on October 5, 2013 at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)
STANFORD, CA - OCTOBER 5: Harry the Husky, the mascot of the Washington Huskies, waves to spectators before a game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Washington Huskies on October 5, 2013 at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images) /
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Four-star safety Julius Irvin announced his commitment to Washington on Wednesday night, picking the Huskies over Alabama and USC.

It’s been an unpredictable ride for Servite safety Julius Irvin, but on Wednesday the four-star prospect finally made his college decision.

Announcing his decision on Twitter, Irvin committed to the Washington Huskies, leaving USC and Alabama disappointed.

Washington was one of the first schools to offer Irvin and had long been in the running for his signature, though the race seemed to have narrowed between USC and Notre Dame in December. Alabama jumped into proceedings with a late offer and official visit, but in the end, the safety went back to the beginning.

“This is for, my family, my happiness, myself,” Irvin wrote. “Next chapter.”

Irvin ranks 12th among safeties for the class of 2018, per the 247Sports composite. Checking in at No. 155 nationally, he would have been another top addition to USC’s defensive backfield.

Losing Irvin to a Pac-12 rival is certainly not ideal, but the Trojans are still in a position of strength when it comes to safety. Four-star athlete Talanoa Hufanga, ranked 88th in the class, already signed a letter of intent with USC back in December.

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Though USC is losing starting safety Chris Hawkins and key backup Matt Lopes to graduation, the current roster is in good shape at the position, especially with Hufanga already locked up and Marvell Tell returning for his senior season.

Last year the Trojans nabbed two highly-rated safety prospects in Bubba Bolden and Isaiah Pola-Mao. The year before that, four-star safeties Jamel Cook and C.J. Pollard also signed on with the Trojans.

After losing out on Irvin, USC will look to finish up their recruiting for the 2018 class with better results on National Signing Day next week. Clay Helton and company have already secured signatures from 10 players, with another four already committed, including five-star quarterback JT Daniels and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown.

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The Trojans also await decisions from the likes of five-star cornerback Olaijah Griffin, four-star cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart, four-star offensive guard Penei Sewell and four-star linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu.