USC Football's second-highest rated 2024 recruit, Dylan Williams, has de-committed from the Trojans. Williams is a four-star Linebacker prospect (all recruiting ratings and rankings in article are as of 247Sports).
Linebacker is of course a desperate position of need going forward with the Trojans, as they only have one complete backer on their roster right now in Eric Gentry. Williams, at 6'2.5", 200 pounds is the No. 11 Linebacker in the country. He also is ranked as the No. 15 player in the entire talent-rich state of California.
Williams hails from Long Beach Poly, which of course has boasted a strong pipeline to SC. He's ranked as the No. 141 overall recruit in all of America. It's a de-commitment SC doesn't want to take lightly, but luckily he is most certainly not ruling the Trojans out.
"USC is still one of the top, if not the, top option for me moving forward," said Williams when speaking with 247Sports Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins.
That's great to hear for USC Football, as Dylan Williams also revealed he quickly heard from seven other big programs after he de-committed.
The ex-USC Football commit, Dylan Williams, mentioned that he immediately heard from Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, and Penn State when he de-committed. There's other schools in the mix too, but those are the biggest programs that are very clearly in the running. Williams has also made it clear that he's most certainly still on good terms with the coaches at USC:
“I have a good relationship with Donte (Williams) and I really like coach Odom (LB coach) a lot too. It was nothing against them and they said I’m still a high priority and the top guy on their board," said Williams.
SC still has a top eight class for 2024 without Williams, but Williams was the only defensive recruit in the class. The other three recruits are an Athlete, a Tight End, and a Wide Receiver. On the bright side, though, they're all four-star recruits. Again, SC's '24 recruiting is still doing great.
Especially considering that there are only four teams ahead of SC in the recruiting rankings that have higher average recruit ratings. The quality is most certainly there, even with the quantity going down. Williams de-committing is most certainly not ideal, but he could still end up signing with the Trojans, and the class looks great either way for 2024 right now.