Four-star offensive tackle Bram Walden, a USC football recruiting target, committed to Oregon.
The rivalry between Oregon and USC football is set to heat up greatly as the two Pac-12 favorites go toe-to-toe for the conference title, as well as recruiting supremacy.
On Friday, the Ducks got one over on the Trojans by landing four-star offensive tackle Bram Walden, out of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Walden took to Twitter to announce the news with a graphic and a message.
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“I just want to say thank you to the man above for answering my prayers and leading me to do what’s right,” Walden wrote. “All of the obstacles that I had to overcome and all the times I wanted to give up, I was blessed with the strength, courage, and faith to keep following his plan. I’m beyond thankful to be surrounded by amazing people on this journey, always wanting the best for me. With that, I am honored to announce I am 100% committed to the University of Oregon.”
Walden ranks No. 84 in the 247Sports composite with a positional rating of 14th. He is No. 1 in Arizona for the cycle.
USC has done a ton to turn around their recruiting for the class of 2021, but the Trojans are still in need of top-tier prospects on the offensive line to boost their roster.
Oregon has done an exceptional job building up their front, USC needs to match and surpass their efforts if they want to truly take back control of the Pac-12.
On the plus side, USC had commitments in the bag from promising prospects like Mason Murphy from J Serra and Maximus Gibbs from St. John Bosco. Those three-star tackles may be among the best coming out of California in 2021, but they’re not elite among linemen nationally.
That’s why landing Walden out of Arizona would have given the Trojans such a big boost, one that will now go to Oregon.
Unfortunately, the Ducks also appear to have built inroads to lead for Kingsley Suamataia, the nation’s No. 10 tackle out of Utah.
USC could still make up some ground by successfully swaying Tiaoalii Savea, a four-star OT from Nevada, or Jonah Miller, a four-star from Tucson who just named the Trojans in his Top 6.