Four-star cornerback Erick Young announced his Top 3 on Tuesday afternoon, keeping USC football in the running for his upcoming commitment.
The recruitment of Erick Young took quite the turn this week as the four-star cornerback named a Top 3 without the favorites to sign him in the mix.
Young took to Twitter with a graphic declaring USC, Ohio State and Oklahoma as his Top 3 on Tuesday, the eve of his planned commitment day on July 4.
“Tomorrow should be fun can’t wait to be committed to the University that i love,” he followed up in another tweet.
The surprise is the absence of Texas A&M, who hold 100 percent of the 247Sports Crystal Ball projections for the player.
Young, who stands 6-foot, 206 pounds and hails from Richmond, Texas, ranks 105th nationally and 14th in the state, per the 247Sports composite. He sits 12th at the cornerback position going into his senior year.
His Twitter activity could give some hope to Trojans fans who would like to snag another top recruit for the secondary.
When LeBron James announced his decision to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, Young noted the desirability of also picking LA as a destination.
He was also pictured wearing a USC jacket during The Opening Finals in Dallas.
The player’s Twitter header also features a picture of him in a USC jersey from his recent official visit to the Trojans near the end of June.
Of course, none of that means Young will actually pick USC. Recruits have set up smoke screens for their actual commitments before. However, the dropping of Texas A&M from his top schools does make the race seem much more wide open than it had been.
If the Trojans were to land Young, it would be yet another in a long line of major recruiting victories for Ronnie Bradford in the secondary.
Last year, USC brought in two of the Top 5 cornerbacks in the class of 2018, Olaijah Griffin and Isaac Taylor-Stuart, along with another four-star in Chase Williams. In 2017, four-star athlete Greg Johnson joined up with three-star Je’Quari Godfrey.
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Though Iman Marshall, Ajene Harris, Jonathan Lockett and Isaiah Langley are set to graduate this year and Jack Jones is no longer on the team, USC’s future at cornerback looks strong. The departures do mean depth could be an issue without some reinforcements coming down the line.
Three-star commit Trey Davis is the only cornerback currently in the class of 2019.
It’s now a waiting game until Young announces his choice. It won’t take long.