USC football officially adds Chris Steele, four-star cornerback transfer

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USC football officially announced the addition of four-star cornerback and Florida transfer Chris Steele on Tuesday evening.

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No need to hold your breath any longer USC football fans. Chris Steele is officially a member of the Trojan Family.

USC announced Steele as a member of its roster on Tuesday evening, shortly after confirming the enrollment of five-star athlete and Texas transfer Bru McCoy

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Like McCoy, Steele had a wild transfer saga.

The four-star cornerback was a USC commit until the fall when he backed off his pledge just as the Trojans’ 2018 season was beginning to crumble. He ultimately signed with Florida during the Early Signing Period and enrolled there for the spring.

Though he spent Spring Camp with the Gators, trouble was reportedly brewing beneath the surface. He requested a dorm change because of discomfort with one of his roommates. When Florida coaches didn’t accommodate that request quickly enough and the roommate was later accused of sexual assault, Steele opted to leave the program.

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After his transfer announcement, Steele promptly committed to Oregon. However, a change in circumstances with his family and the sudden availability of a scholarship spot at USC convinced the defensive back to flip to the Trojans.

As Steele is expected to seek a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible to play immediately, and the smart money is on him being granted that waiver considering the circumstances of his departure from Florida, he is likely to help USC in a position of need in 2019.

Fall Camp should see him compete for a starting job at cornerback, where the Trojans are replacing two starters.

In Fall Camp, it would seem that Steele will be taking on the number of one of those departed starters. He was pictured wearing the No. 8 jersey, most recently worn with distinction by Iman Marshall.