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USC football picks up early commitment from decorated linebacker Ty Kana

Alicia de Artola
Feb 20, 2021, 11:53 AM PST
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USC football's Texas ties paid off in 2022 recruiting on Saturday when three-star linebacker Ty Kana committed to the Trojans.

Kana jumped on Twitter to make his announcement, thanking God, his parents and his high school support system.

"With that being said, I would like to announce I am 100% COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA," Kana wrote.

Ty Kana is an instinctive linebacker with a winning resume

Kana is a fringe three-star with the potential to claim four-star billing before his high school career is over. He ranks No. 453 nationally and 18th at inside linebacker for the class of 2022, per the 247Sports composite.

Don't be blinded by the stars. Kana has been a standout since he broke through as the 2019 Co-Newcomer of the Year in Texas Class 6A Division II. In 2020, he was a unanimous first-team all-district selection while leading Katy to a state title.

Max Preps voted him All-State second-team for 2020, calling him "one of the most instinctive and productive linebackers in Texas."

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker has good size, has a nose for the ball and already displays top leadership skills. He was a captain as a junior.

Kana is USC's first linebacker commit for the five-man class of 2022. The Trojans will need to start reloading the inside linebacker group with Jordan Iosefa and Kana'i Mauga short on eligibility. Ralen Goforth, Eli'Jah Winston, Solomon Tuliaupupu, Raymond Scott and Tayler Katoa have not more than two seasons remaining on their clocks as well.

Since the Trojans added Raesjon Davis and Julien Simon in 2021, the inside linebacker corps does have some new blood to lean on going forward. Depth and competition will be welcome in 2022.

At USC, Kana will be reunited with former Katy teammate Brandon Campbell, a four-star running back who signed in the class of 2021.

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