USC football obtained a commitment from St. Frances Academy DL Sam Greene on Thursday, securing the 17th commitment for USC's 2023 recruiting class. The commitment did not push USC up the leaderboards, as they are still No. 14 in the nation (all recruiting rankings and ratings in article are as of 247Sports), but established something else that's important.
That's the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) to USC pipeline. SC got started on this when they plucked Caleb Williams from Oklahoma to the Trojans this offseason in the transfer portal, and then doing the same with prying Jordan Addison from Pittsburgh in the portal. Both were five-star transfers, and both were DMV products.
Greene lives in Baltimore, Maryland, Williams is from Washington D.C., and Addison is from Frederick, Maryland. This isn't even to mention USC picking up DL Colin Mobley in the 2021 recruiting class, who's from Hyattsville, Maryland.
While both Mobley and Greene are just three-star recruits, it's important to be able to recruit nationally, no matter if they have three stars next to their names or if they have four or five. Being able to recruit Greene shows that kids in the DMV are noticing top talent from there in Williams and Addison succeeding at USC with Coach Lincoln Riley.
Sam Greene is the sixth solely defensive commitment for USC football.
Clearly, Sam Greene was needed to make sure this USC football class is well-balanced. He's also the fourth front-seven recruit of the cycle for SC. Bodies were needed at his position, and he gives a body to SC in a spot of need. He's the No. 11 player in the state of Maryland, which is a state that most certainly does have solid talent. He's the No. 81 D-Lineman in the country.
According to 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn, Greene had 11.5 sacks last season as just a junior.
"Quickness makes him difficult to double team," said Dohn. "(He) is physical and uses hands well to disengage."
Quickness plus physicality is of course a dream for a defensive lineman. If USC can just put their money where their expectations are this year and show tremendous improvement over where they were last year, they could be seeing many more commitments of players with dream skillsets.
After all, Greene committed after the Trojans went off to a 2-0 start and earned a No. 7 ranking in the nation. All SC needs to do is show that they are on their way back to dominance, and these high school kids will want to be there for the re-birth in 2023 and for years to come.