Is PG Isaiah Collier a lock to commit to USC Basketball at this point?

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When USC Basketball landed a commitment from four-star center Arrinten Page, more and more confidence was felt in the Trojans' ability to land No. 4 overall recruit in the nation--Isaiah Collier. Many readers probably remember Collier as the No. 1 overall recruit in the nation, and that wouldn't be wrong either.

According to the 247Sports' composite recruiting rankings, Collier is the No. 4 recruit in America, but not in the regular 247Sports recruiting rankings. He's the No. 1 player in that ranking. And according to 247Sports Maryland Contributor Colby Giacubeno, Collier is on his way to SC.

He is the only one to put in a 247Sports Crystal Ball Prediction for Collier so far, and he put it in for USC. He put it in just four days after Collier's high school teammate Page committed to this program. On3 also has him to USC, and while not at 100%, they still have it at a high 93.4% chance. It would be a massive pickup for SC, as they would then have three commits, with all three being blue-chip guys.

Not only is Collier a five-star, but Page is of course a four-star, and so is SC's first commit for this cycle in Silas Demary Jr. The Trojans are currently No. 27 in the 2023 recruiting rankings (all team recruiting rankings and ratings in this article are as of 247Sports), which of course leaves much to be desired. If they pick up Collier, they're going to be shooting up those rankings.

That's because USC Basketball has a 96.6 average recruit rating even without Isaiah Collier.

If USC Basketball adds Isaiah Collier, who will obviously strengthen their average quality of recruit, that's going to put SC in a position where they have no choice but to catapult up the rankings. Even now, there are 13 teams ahead of USC in the overall team recruiting rankings who have lesser average recruit ratings.

If SC adds Collier, they not only add to their number of commits but even improve the overall quality of their commits. Collier fits the system in particular as well, as SC is going to be running a two-point guard system moving forward.

Drew Peterson and Boogie Ellis will be those two guards this year again, but when they likely of course leave this offseason, replacing them with Demary and Collier would be about as strong of a reload as possible.

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Getting Collier back and playing with his teammate in Page would give this freshman class some immediate chemistry. If Andy Enfield gets this done, he just might have his second straight elite, top 10 recruiting class.