USC loses out on five-star LB Justin Flowe to Oregon on Early Signing Day

USC football’s late push for five-star linebacker Justin Flowe fell short as the top player in California picked Oregon on Early Signing Day.

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USC went into Early Signing Day knowing the 2020 recruiting class would be small, but the Trojans hoped to finish with a bang by nabbing one of the top prospects in the country.

Instead, five-star linebacker Justin Flowe dashed their dreams by picking the Oregon hat and signing with a Pac-12 rival.

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Flowe is the No. 4 player in the 247Sports composite. He is the top inside linebacker in the class and the No. 1 player in California.

USC had been eliminated from contention by Flowe earlier in 2019, but he reconsidered the Trojans this December while also looking at Clemson and Oregon. An official visit to USC on the final weekend of recruiting put the Trojans in serious contention for his signature once more.

Unfortunately for USC, the impression made in Los Angeles this past weekend didn’t do the trick entirely.

Now, Flowe will bolster a Pac-12 rival in the north, becoming the second-straight No. 1 player in California to land with the Ducks after Kayvon Thibodeaux last year.

As for the Trojans, they are once again left looking around and wondering how they could have dropped the ball so thoroughly. Under normal recruiting circumstances for USC, Flowe would have been the center piece of the class. Given USC’s lowly recruiting ranking, he would have meant even more this year.

USC’s class without Flowe ranks 11th in the Pac-12 and 77th nationally. It is certain to be the worst recruiting class in modern history.

As it stands, the Trojans have none of the Top 25 prospects in the state of California in their grasp, but they still have a shot at a couple. Four-star receiver Gary Bryant Jr. ranks seventh in the state, but won’t be announcing his commitment until January. USC was also pursuing cornerback Darion Green-Warren and receiver LV Bunkley-Shelton, but it appears those prospects will land at Michigan and ASU respectively.

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