Justin Dedich was one of ten early signees for USC this season in the new signing system for recruits. Dedich, an offensive lineman, is from Temecula, California and attended Chaparral High School.
Dedich was a highly touted offensive line recruit this season and was considered to be the target of a recruiting battle between USC and crosstown rival UCLA and their new coach Chip Kelly. Dedich committed to USC in June of 2017 but was rumored to be leaning towards UCLA after the Kelly hire. Dedich signed his letter of intent on December 20th officially making him a Trojan.
Dedich was a highly ranked high school prospect in this year's recruiting class. Dedich was 110th overall player in this year's class according to 247sports and the 2nd overall center in the country.
USC is in the fortunate position of returning a good amount of their offensive linemen next season. With the Trojans returning four out of five offensive line starters, the offensive line will be in good shape next season. However, USC will be loses their senior leader and center, Nico Falah. This opens an opportunity for Dedich to start for the Trojans right away. Unless Clay Helton or Offensive Line Coach Neil Calloway decide to move a veteran to that position, look for Dedich to compete for a starting spot right away.