USC football picks up commitment from underrated D-Line prospect

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Three-star Defensive Line prospect Deijon Laffitte out of Colony High School (Ontario, California) has committed to the USC football program. (All recruiting ratings and rankings in article are as of 247Sports).

Laffitte is only ranked as the No. 64 Defensive Lineman in the country, but 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins describes Laffitte as "fast-rising." Perhaps that means he could catapult to a four-star rating at some point this cycle. Laffitte attended the Fresno State game this past weekend, and was actually offered by Head Coach Lincoln Riley before the game.

Biggins reports that Laffitte spurned other good programs in Tennessee and Utah for the Trojans. Boise State, Arizona, and Washington were also being considered by Laffitte. This was an important battle to win.

"Laffitte quietly emerged this off-season as one of the most coveted defensive line prospects in the state," said Biggins.

USC football may have reeled in an under-the-radar game-changer in Deijon Laffitte.

New USC football commit Deijon Laffitte "has a solid frame and moves well for a player his size. He's an inside/outside guy and shows a lot of positional versatility," said Biggins. Biggins added that he has nice lateral mobility, and a quick first step. 6'3" with great athleticism is certainly something that USC will take.

SC will also take the depth. The Trojans have the No. 14 recruiting class in the nation, which is good but not the top six class Riley had for USC last cycle, in just a short time being at this program. Of the 13 teams ahead of them, they all had 18 commits or more except one (Miami had 17). Now, USC has 18, so they caught up a little bit on Thursday when this commitment was announced.

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Only having six defensive commits before Laffitte, they needed another one for sure, regardless of if he had many stars next to his name or not. They also only had four front seven recruits specifically, so again, depth in the recruiting class in the D-Line was important. Laffitte's commitment matters.