Bryce Young, five-star recruit out of Mater Dei High School, flipped his commitment from USC to Alabama, the 18-year-old quarterback announced on Twitter.
USC’s 2020 recruiting class takes a big hit as the dual-threat quarterback was USC’s only five-star recruit and ranks fourth in his position according to ESPN 300.
“I would also like to thank the USC fans and community for all the support,” Young said on Twitter. “I will always have love for the University of Southern California, and wish for nothing but the best for its players, coaching staff, and fans.”
Young was a verbal USC commit for over a year, choosing the Trojans over Alabama and Oklahoma the summer before his junior year.
This did not, however, stop Nick Saban and his staff from continuing to heavily recruit the Mater Dei standout. It appears that an official visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend was enough to turn the tide into Alabama's favor.
With the addition of Young, Alabama now has 23 signed commits in the 2020 recruiting class which ranks second in the nation only behind Clemson. Alabama might have also found its replacement for current starting junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa who is expected to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Young looks to graduate from high school early and enroll as a spring admit to Alabama in order to push for the starting spot in Tuscaloosa.
The five-star prospect is currently having a stellar start to is 2019 senior season. Young led the Mater Dei Monarchs to a win over No. 2 St. Frances Academy, making electric plays in and outside the pocket.
In the midst of a season of quarterback turmoil for USC, the loss of Young adds another layer to its next-man-up mentality at the quarterback position.