Five-star defensive end Korey Foreman, the No. 1 player in the entire class, and four-star recruit Ceyair Wright, the No. 6 cornerback in the country, have announced that they will be suiting up for USC football for the next few years, adding an exclamation point to a strong 2021 high school recruiting class.
With these commitments, head coach Clay Helton and the USC football staff demonstrated an ability to attract the top talent from their local area and win over players while competing against the top programs in the country.
Foreman, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound edge rusher from Corona, California, has all the physical tools to be desired by any defensive coordinator. Both in the running and passing game, he has explosiveness off the ball that few players at his level can demonstrate and will blow those asked to block him a yard or two backwards fairly often. He is also extraordinarily quick in pursuing opposing quarterbacks, recording five sacks in the 2019 season before suffering a knee injury.
USC defensive coordinator Todd Orlando has stressed the importance of pressuring the passer on defense, and an elite prospect like Foreman should allow the Trojans to do so without even having to send extra rushers.
Fans can also be encouraged that Foreman decided to join their program based on the competition that existed for his talents. Alabama and Clemson, two teams that are regular participants in the College Football Playoff, were strongly pursuing his commitment as well.
Also staying local this fall will be Los Angeles native Ceyair Wright to shore up the Trojan secondary. Wright has proven to be an extremely fast and athletic player at the cornerback position at Loyola High School. That speed translates in both zone coverage, when tracking down the ball thrown to a receiver in front of him, and in man-to-man coverage when tightly covering fast receivers. He also played offense and special teams in high school, which has helped him develop a knack for finding the ball when quarterbacks throw in his direction, a valuable commodity against the top Pac-12 receivers he will face.
Wright’s overall versatility as an athlete and ability to play many different coverage schemes should make the coaching staff at USC eager to utilize his talents as quickly as possible, even as a potential weapon on special teams.
These two big signings have boosted the Trojans from the No. 14 recruiting class all the way up to No. 8, according to 247 Sports, but the staff is not done yet. Some major prospects still remain uncommitted, including four-star linebacker Raejon Davis, an athletic player who can cover like a safety, and has been strongly linked to USC recently. It is unclear when Davis will come to a final decision, but overall, Helton and the entire Trojan recruiting staff were able to gain national attention by bringing in some of the most highly sought-after high school players in the country.