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Jack Yary boosts USC tight end group on Signing Day 2020

Feb 5, 2020, 6:24 AM PST
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: USC Trojans wide receiver Tyler Vaughns (21) celebrates a touchdown with USC Trojans tight end Erik Krommenhoek (84) during a college football game between the UCLA Bruins and the USC Trojans on November 23, 2019, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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USC legacy Jack Yary locked in his commitment to the Trojans on Signing Day 2020, adding another receiving option at tight end.

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Jack Yary is all set to carry the Yary torch for USC football.

The three-star tight end completed his signing with USC on Wednesday, just days after re-committing to the Trojans.

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Yary picked USC over Washington on Monday, ending an up-and-down recruitment saga. In May of 2019 he made an initial pledge for the Trojans, but he decommitted in November. He officially visited UCLA, Washington and ASU while looking at his options, landing right back where he started in the end.

Yary decommitted in the first place because of questions over USC’s use of the tight end in the Air Raid, so his return prompts an obvious question: Where does he fit in the offense?

The Trojans turned to the tight end primarily as a blocker in 2019. Erik Krommenhoek’s strength in that department was an asset, particularly lined up as an H-back. And that may continue to be a role for Yary and the rest of USC’s tight ends. After all, Yary is the son of former offensive line great Ron Yary, so blocking is in his blood. Greg Biggins of 247Sports even mused that his future may be on the offensive line if he continues to bulk up.

Of course, it’s not that simple. Yary is a potent enough receiving option at 6-foot-6, 250 pounds to stick it out at tight end and make his mark as a pass catcher.

In any case, USC’s tight end usage from 2019 may not fully reflect the future of the position. Krommenhoek was the only consistently healthy tight end through the season as Josh Falo missed several weeks with injury and Daniel Imatorbhebhe left the team. Both will be back in 2020. Meanwhile Jude Wolfe and Ethan Rae took redshirts as true freshmen.

A more complete complement of players could see the tight end feature more heavily in the future, especially for the likes of Falo, Imatorbhebhe, Wolf and Yary, who are more natural receivers.

That remains to be seen, especially since Graham Harrell made great use of Drake London as a big-bodied receiver in the slot.

For Yary it may not matter in 2020. A redshirt likely awaits.

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