Four-star cornerback Chris Steele announced his commitment to the USC football recruiting class for 2019 on Saturday.
St. John Bosco star Chris Steele is staying home.
The four-star cornerback announced his commitment to USC on Friday night on TrojanInsider.com, picking the Trojans over Florida, Oregon, Oklahoma and others.
At 6-foot-1, 181 pounds, Steele is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the class. He ranks fifth at the position for this recruiting cycle, per the 247Sports composite. Nationally he sits 39th while checking in at No. 5 in California.
The addition of Steele is yet another example of USC’s uptick in cornerback recruiting over the last few years. Since picking up five-star talismans Iman Marshall and Jack Jones in 2015 and 2016, the Trojans have added a waive of elite defensive backs including Greg Johnson, Olaijah Griffin and Isaac Taylor-Stuart. All three ranked in the Top 5 at their position.
USC needs the recruiting to stay strong, adding not just quality, but quantity in 2019. Marshall is set to graduate this year along with Jonathan Lockett, Isaiah Langley and Ajene Harris. Adding to the waive of departures, Jones ran into academic and legal trouble and is no longer on the team.
Though cornerback depth will be much improved for the 2018 season, reinforcements will be essential. Along with Steele, the Trojans have also nabbed a commitment from three-star cornerback Trey Davis to shore up the spot.
This week, the Trojans lost out on four-star corner Erick Young, who committed to Texas A&M. However, the race is still on for Steele’s St. John Bosco teammate Trent McDuffie as well as Serra four-star Max Williams.
Steele is now far and away the highest-rated commit for USC’s class of 2019 and the only player ranked in Top 100.
Besides Steele, the class is headlined by four-star offensive tackle Jason Rodriguez and four-star wide receivers Drake London and Puka Nacua.