Dylan Lopez commits to USC football recruiting class of 2022

USC football practices in shells on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 in Los Angeles Calif. (John McGillen via USC Athletics)
USC football practices in shells on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 in Los Angeles Calif. (John McGillen via USC Athletics) /

Three-star offensive lineman Dylan Lopez announced his commitment to USC football’s recruiting class for 2022.

USC football got a headstart recruiting the offensive line for 2022 with a commitment from Dylan Lopez on Friday.

The three-star offensive lineman from Rancho Verde High School announced his pledge on Twitter.

“Hometown Hero,” was the message from Lopez, who has expressed his Los Angeles sports love on Twitter in the past. It was fitting he included a commitment graphic including the Lakers and Dodgers.

With Dylan Lopez, USC football is off to a quick start with OL recruits

Lopez added a USC offer in April. Since then he had garnered attention from other Pac-12 programs like UCLA, ASU, Cal, Colorado and Oregon State.

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At 6-foot-3, 280 pounds, Lopez projects as an interior lineman, whether at his current position as a center or guard.

Though he does not yet have a ranking in the 247Sports composite, the solo 247Sports ratings set him as the No. 19 guard in the class of 2022. He ranks No. 61 in California in early evaluations.

Lopez is the third commitment for USC in the next cycle, joining four-star linebacker Niuafe Tuihalamaka and three-star quarterback Devin Brown.

His addition proves the emphasis the Trojans have put on restocking the offensive line. Three offensive line recruits are committed for the class of 2021 while the class of 2020 featured six new additions.

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At center, the Trojans do look set for the near future. Brett Neilon’s eligibility is shrinking but Justin Dedich should be ready to take over when that happens. Gino Quinones and Andrew Milek are also training for the position. The latter two were converted from other positions though. Lopez could figure as a more polished figure down the line.

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