Three-star lineman Kyle Juergens announced his decommitment from 2020 USC recruiting class on Sunday evening as the Early Signing Period nears.
Another three-star lineman has dropped his pledge to the USC recruiting class for 2020.
Kyle Juergens, from St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, announced his decision to reopen his recruitment, joining Nevada’s Joey Wright as decommitments this weekend.
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“After much prayerful thought and discussion with my family, coaches and mentors, I have decided to re-open my recruitment and de-commit from USC,” Juergens wrote on Twitter.
The player was gracious in responding to well wishes from fans and others.
“Thank you. I wish the team success and have nothing but love for the Trojans!” he responded to one Twitter user.
Juergens ranked No. 1,651 nationally in the 247Sports composite, making him the lowest-rated non-special teams prospect in USC’s class before his decommitment. Though he ranked 108th among offensive guards, the 6-foot-4, 241-pound recruit might have found himself on the defensive line had he continued on to USC.
Now the Trojans’ class of 2020 is down to nine commitments, though that’s not a great worry at this stage. USC is expecting to bring a class with limited numbers because the 2019 graduating class of seniors is so small. Unless there is a wave of transfers, they will be unable to fill the full allotment of 25 initial scholarships. That means the coaching staff may be making room for other more coveted prospects.
That’s the hope at least, because the Trojans need reinforcements in the trenches.
The good news is, USC does have players still committed in those areas. The addition of three-star defensive tackles Jamar Sekona and Kobe Pepe will help the defensive side of the ball while the offensive line is set to be bolstered by four-star guard Jonah Monheim and three-star offensive tackles Caadyn Stephn, Casey Collier, Andrew Milek and Andres Dewerk.
The Early Signing Period begins on Dec. 18, so the Trojans are entering crunch time in recruiting. With that in mind, expect to see the recruiting class continue to take clearer shape over the coming weeks.