Raesjon Davis signs as the cherry on top of USC football's recruiting class

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USC football's 2021 recruiting class landed yet another big fish on Signing Day with the commitment of Raesjon Davis from Mater Dei.

The four-star linebacker made his announcement during the 247Sports National Signing Day show on Wednesday, picking the Trojans over Ohio State, LSU and Oregon.

He is USC's 22nd signee for the class and one of the biggest in terms of potential impact.

Raesjon Davis picked USC football as recruiting momentum surged

Davis ranks No. 48 in the 247Sports composite for the class, making him USC's second-highest rated addition. He is fourth among outside linebackers and third in California.

Greg Biggins of 247Sports called Davis "one of the most versatile linebackers in the country." He credited him as a player who "covers like a safety but hits like a linebacker." At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Davis could end up playing inside or outside linebacker depending on how he fills out.

It's safe to say Davis' recruitment was spurred along by a couple of huge factors. First, the Trojans gave linebackers coach Todd Orlando some extra help by putting recruiting savant Donte Williams on the job. Second, USC was able to successfully draw in Korey Foreman, whose relationship with Davis was another magnet for the Trojans.

Davis had been committed to LSU until December. Like with Foreman, who was committed to Clemson, USC may have lost the early battle, but they proved they can win the war.

USC could use all the talent they can get at linebacker, though the outside linebacker spot is now loaded with Drake London and Foreman. If Davis wants to see early playing time, inside might be the clearest track.

The Trojans now have five Top 100 signees in the class of 2021. That's a return to form on the recruiting front after signing just one in 2020. Along with Davis and Foreman, USC added cornerback Ceyair Wright and quarterbacks Jaxon Dart and Miller Moss.

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