Calen Bullock commits to USC football recruiting class of 2021

USC football picked up a new elite athlete in Jaylin Smith. (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy)
USC football picked up a new elite athlete in Jaylin Smith. (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy) /

Four-star athlete Calen Bullock announced his commitment to USC football.

Make that three commitments for USC football in the span of a week.

On Saturday, Calen Bullock of John Muir High School in Pasadena joined Anthony Beavers and Maximus Gibbs in pledging to the Trojans’ recruiting class of 2021.

Bullock announced his decision with a video he posted on Twitter.

The Trojans beat out the likes of Oregon and Texas for his commitment.

Bullock is ranked as the No. 231 prospect in the 247Sports composite, sitting 21st in the state of California. Among athletes, he ranks 13th.

The athlete tag is particularly apt for Bullock, who is built for playing multiple positions at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds.

At Muir, Bullock caught 40 passes for 914 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior. On the flip side, he had six interceptions and 45 tackles while serving as a defensive back.

The defensive side of the ball is where Greg Biggins of 247Sports projects Bullock to ultimately make his mark, whether as a cornerback or a safety. There he can put his “length, ball skills, toughness” to good use.

The Trojans loaded up on defensive backs in the class of 2019, but more will be needed in the near future. Though USC won’t have anyone in the secondary graduate after the 2020 season, projected starters like Talanoa Hufanga, Isaiah Pola-Mao, Greg Johnson, Olaijah Griffin, Isaac Taylor-Stuart, and Chase Williams will all be eligible to leave for the NFL. Most of that group will depart one way or another after 2021.

If Bullock does stick on defense, he will bolster a recruiting class that already had two exciting prospects for the secondary. Four-star athlete Anthony Beavers Jr. committed to USC on Wednesday while four-star safety Xamarion Gordon committed at the start of April.

When you factor in Bullock, Beavers, Gordon, running back Brandon Campbell and offensive tackle Maximus Gibbs, USC has added five new commits since Spring Camp was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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