Those five programs are Oregon, Alabama, LSU, Missouri, and Oklahoma. A Kansas City, Missouri product, it would be a major get for the Trojans to pluck him from a completely different region of the country. And who's to say they definitely can't? SC just picked up a commitment from a four-star Edge from Texas in Braylan Shelby (all recruiting ratings and rankings in article are as of 247Sports).
A four-star himself, Hill is the No. 27 Defensive Lineman in the country for this class. He's the No. 7 player in the entire state of Missouri, and the No. 183 overall player in America. Hill is not only an important body that USC needs on their future rosters, but a great recruit in general who every class in the country could use.
Edric Hill is expected to commit to Alabama over USC football by 247Sports' 'Crystal Ball Predictions.'
That being said, USC football recruiting target Edric Hill has kept things rather internal in his recruitment, and there still is a chance he'll commit to the Trojan program. Besides, only one national analyst has put in a Crystal Ball pick for Hill, so it's not like everyone absolutely expects and knows that he'll be joining the Crimson TIde's class.
USC has 16 commits in the '23 class right now, and only six are full-time defensive players. While two of their commitments are five-star commitments and seven of them are four-star commitments, only four of the four-stars are full-time defensive players and none of the five-stars are. Also, Shelby and Louisiana Linebacker Tackett Curtis are the lone four-stars in SC's class that are in the front seven.
USC's class would be VASTLY improved if they could finally break through on another four-star lineman. They've only done it twice this year, and one was an offensive lineman. Hill's commitment would not only improve the class significantly, but make a statement about who USC has become on the recruiting trail in the trenches.