QB Kedon Slovis commits to 2019 USC recruiting class

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Who’s the USC quarterback of the future? Kedon Slovis hopes it’s him, having committed to the Trojans’ recruiting class on Saturday.

Clay Helton’s Trojans have added a quarterback to the 2019 USC recruiting class in the form of three-star Scottsdale, Ariz. product Kedon Slovis.

The 6-foot-2, 186-pound signal caller is a pro-style quarterback and the first to commit sign the hiring of new quarterbacks coach Bryan Ellis.

Slovis announced the pledge on Twitter:

The Arizona passer comes to USC under the tutelage of Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, his position coach at Desert Mountain HS in Scottsdale.

Despite having only a three-star ranking and not enough of a look by recruiting services to make the 247 Sports Composite —he ranks as the 50th pro-style quarterback and 1279th overall recruit in 247Sports’ own rankings— Slovis is an intriguing recruit, given his dark horse nature.

“I felt he was underrated,” Kurt Warner told AZCentral.com on Thursday. “He’s got all the skills. If you’re looking for a drop-back quarterback, I’ll put him up against anybody in the state in regards to understanding the game, throwing on time and being able to make every throw on the football field. It’s exciting to see him getting some of the fruits of his labor, because he’s put in the time.”

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Slovis has just a year of starting experience at the high school level, amassing an impressive 32-to-5 touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio in 2017. Yet the fanfare has been a work in progress.

The limited action has resulted in only 12 scholarship offers of late, with USC, Oregon State and NC State being the only Power 5 schools in the mix.

What’s it mean for the Trojans? They’ve got their next quarterback what-if project in the works, a luxury afforded by having signed five-star all-everything JT Daniels in the 2018 class.

With local five-stars DJ Uiagalelei (St. John Bosco) and Bryce Young (Mater Dei) in the 2020 class, alternating elite blue chip quarterback recruits with intriguing three-star projects is a strategy worth exploring. It’s how USC wound up with Matt Fink in the 2016 class, just one year removed from bringing on Sam Darnold

and Ricky Town.

The Trojans have had a flurry of recruiting action of late, securing four commitments in the month of May, all of whom garnering three-star ratings in the 247Sports Composite.

The annual three-star stock-up started with linebacker Stanley Taufoou on the May 9, followed by corner Trey Davis. This week, defensive end Gino Quinones and Slovis pledged back-to-back.

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All told, USC’s 2019 recruiting class has six members and sits 41st in the 247Sports Composite’s team rankings. But it’s early. Really early.

Signing Day is just under nine months away, and given how recruiting is the opposite of the NFL Draft, where the top-end talent chooses their teams at the end rather than the beginning, USC’s right where they could’ve been expected to be.