Gary Bryant Jr. commits to USC football recruiting class for 2020

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Four-star wide receiver Gary Bryant Jr. announced his commitment to play for USC football during Saturday’s All-American Bowl.

USC’s 2020 recruiting class finally has a Top 100 prospect on board.

Gary Bryant Jr., a wide receiver out of Corona Centennial, announced his commitment to the Trojans on Saturday, becoming the 12th signee in the class.

The four-star pass catcher signed his letter of intent on during the Early Signing Period in December, but waited until the high school showcase game in San Antonio to make his announcement.

Bryant Jr. is far and away the highest-rated player in USC’s 2020 class. He ranks 57th nationally in the 247Sports composite. He is ninth among wide receivers and seventh in the state of California.

Without Bryant Jr., USC was in danger of failing to sign any prospects in the Top 25 of California’s high school talent pool.

Wide receiver remains a loaded unit for the Trojans and Bryant Jr.’s addition will go a long way to keep it that way. With Michael Pittman graduating and Tyler Vaughns eligible to leave for the NFL, USC will be looking for the next wave of gifted pass catchers to lead Graham Harrell’s Air Raid attack. Amon-Ra St. Brown and Drake London are well established going into 2020, but the likes of Kyle Ford, Bru McCoy, fellow 2020 signee Josh Jackson and Bryant Jr. will all vie for early attention.

USC now has 12 prospects for the class of 2020 secured. Behind Bryant Jr. are four-star guard Jonah Monheim, three-star receiver Jackson and three-star defensive linemen Tuli Tuipulotu and Jamar Sekona. Those five are the Trojans only Top 500 recruits thus far.

Adding additional names to the group may be a tricky proposition for the Trojans, who have limited room to work with before they hit the 85-man scholarship roster limit. Awaited NFL decisions and transfers will determine how many prospects USC can target between now and the February Signing Day.