USC football recruiting: CB Deuce Harmon names Top 7

USC football defensive back Max Williams tracks a receiver. (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy)
USC football defensive back Max Williams tracks a receiver. (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy) /

Four-star cornerback Deuce Harmon announced his Top 7 schools, including USC football.

USC football’s recruitment in the secondary has taken off greatly since the hiring of Donte Williams.

On Thursday his recruiting efforts once again yielded results as the Trojans made the cut for four-star cornerback Deuce Harmon.

Along with USC, Harmon’s Top 7 includes Texas A&M, Texas, SMU, TCU, Oregon and Notre Dame.

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Harmon is from Denton, Texas, so it’s easy to see why he has so many options from inside the Lone Star State. The question for USC is how amenable he might be to leaving for the Golden State.

As it stands, the experts voting in 247Sports’ Crystal Ball aren’t confident. The overwhelming expectation is for Harmon to land at Texas A&M.

If USC were able to pull off a pledge from Harmon, they would be getting the nation’s No. 300 prospect in the class of 2021. Harmon is 21st at cornerback, according to the 247Sports composite.

At 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, Harmon is an undersized prospect whose speed and leaping ability make up for his size. He resembles Max Williams in that sense, as defensive backs who don’t bring the kind of length Clancy Pendergast prioritized during his time in charge of USC’s defense.

USC doesn’t have any straight-up cornerbacks in the class of 2021 at this time. Though the Trojans have added athletes like Anthony Beavers and Calen Bullock, the former projects as a linebacker or safety while the latter is likely to come in as a safety. The Trojans also have a commitment from four-star safety Xamarion Gordon.

Corner will be one of USC’s needs going forward. Though no one from the position is slated to graduate after the 2020 season, Greg Johnson, Olaijah Griffin, Chase Williams and Isaac Taylor-Stuart will be eligible for the NFL Draft.

The class of 2021 is coming along nicely, whether looking at the secondary or elsewhere. USC has 10 commitments headlined by four-star quarterback Jake Garcia and four-star linebacker Ma’a Gaoteote. Most recently Quaydarius Davis, a four-star wide receiver from Dallas, added his name to the pledges list.

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