USC football added a much-needed reinforcement to its 2019 recruiting class with the commitment of three-star junior college cornerback Jaylen Watson.
With Signing Day bearing down fast, USC football got back on track filling the 2019 recruiting class after some recent setbacks, picking up the commitment of three-star cornerback Jaylen Watson.
Watson, who is originally from Georgia, played junior college football at Ventura College and ranks 245th in the JUCO pool, per 247Sports. He is the 33rd-best cornerback after posting 43 tackles and four interceptions in 2018.
“Remember watching guys get offered, ranked, and praised. I never hated, I went and worked for it and waited my turn. Now that I’m amongst the elite I’ll never forget where I came from or where I started at…Be patient keep god first,” Watson tweeted on Sunday afternoon. “I’m shutting down my recruitment and 100% committed to the University of Southern California.”
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Watson’s commitment won’t do much to raise USC’s standing on a national level, but adding the cornerback ticks a huge box on the position front.
The Trojans are losing five defensive backs to graduation, including both starting cornerbacks, Iman Marshall and Isaiah Langley, and the top two nickelbacks on the depth chart, Ajene Harris and Jonathan Lockett. Reinforcements have been sorely needed, but USC struck out with the likes of four-star prospects Chris Steele and Noa Pola-Gates, who signed with Florida and Nebraska respectively.
At 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, Watson is the biggest cornerback in the class for the Trojans and fits the preferences of USC’s defensive staff towards corners with lengthy. He joins four-star Max Williams, who is undersized at 5-foot-8, and three-star Trey Davis. He may also be able to bridge the youth of the cornerback group with the maturity from his junior college experience.
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USC had 19 players sign during the Early Signing Period in December and have another two players committed who have yet to sign. Watson becomes the 22nd player in the class with room to add more before Signing Day on February 6.