USC football robs Pac-12 North opponent of another ex-four star recruit in portal

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USC football has officially secured their second ex-four star recruit from the University of Washington in the transfer portal with their new pickup of DB Jacobe Covington. The first was WR Terrell Bynum, who was the No. 32 wideout in the nation for the class of 2017. Covington was the No. 15 safety in the 2020 class.

Optimism regarding Covington comes from his high school playing days. He's only played four games in his college career to this point, and while those four games happened last year (showing improvement to move up the depth chart), he wasn't particularly impressive in those games.

He did have a sack, but only collected five tackles. No interceptions or PD's. The No. 5 player in the entire state of Arizona coming out of high school (all recruiting rankings and ratings in article are as of 247Sports), though, Covington is a solid pickup. The No. 189 player in the country then, he has the chance to compete for a starting job.

New USC Football DB Jacobe Covington has the opportunity to be the No. 2 starting cornerback for the Trojans.

Ex-Colorado CB and captain Mekhi Blackmon came over to the USC football program, and will likely be the No. 1 corner for the program. Jacobe Covington, however, will be in the running for that second spot. Domani Jackson, Joshua Jackson Jr., Prophet Brown, and Ceyair Wright will compete with him.

Domani Jackson was the No. 2 corner in the 2022 recruiting class and No. 5 overall player. His talent is so significant that he has a great opportunity to take that starting spot. As far as the three returners, however, none of them have a lot of playing experience just yet. If Covington has a strong fall camp, don't be too surprised if he catches the coaching staff's attention.

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It's going to be an interesting fall camp in general come August. Riley said that he's going to be adding at least 10 players via the transfer portal after spring camp, and has bagged three transfers to this point. The more options enter the fold, the more the depth chart has the chance to shake up come season time.