USC football has lost their highest-ranked recruiting prospect in QB Jake Garcia
It’s a week for commitments and decommitments from USC football apparently.
The Trojans added wide receiver Kyron Ware-Hudson on Monday, then lost the pledge of three-star athlete Josh Moore on Wednesday before taking an even bigger hit from Jake Garcia on Thursday night.
The four-star quarterback is no longer committed to USC, according to his social media accounts.
Garcia thanked USC coaches Clay Helton and Graham Harrell, along with support staffer Seth Doege before announcing his desire to “honestly evaluate my options as the early signing date quickly approaches.”
Jake Garcia was USC football’s top commit but not the only QB
Garcia is the No. 46 prospect in the 247Sports composite and the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2021, according to 247Sports’ composite.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound quarterback with a big arm committed to USC over a year ago while he was playing for Narbonne.
However, his path since then has been winding. He transferred to La Habra when Narbonne was hit with major CIF penalties only for COVID-19 to cause the cancelation of the high school football season in California. So he went to Georgia where he enrolled at Valdosta High School before being declared ineligible because of the circumstances of his move. He ultimately found a new home at Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia.
All the while, rumors swirled of a potential decommitment after USC pursued and secured the commitment of Alemany quarterback Miller Moss, another local four-star who ranks No. 71 in the class.
Miller’s presence in USC’s class of 2021 makes the loss of Garcia less of a problem. Moss committed in June and has been an active force on the recruiting trail for the Trojans. He is a slightly lower rated prospect, but only marginally so.
The Trojans have also been working on some backup plans if they still want to take two passers in the class. In October, they offered four-star quarterback Jaxson Dart out of Utah.