5-star Florida Safety pledges USC
It should surprise no one that a less than harmonious Trojan football team ended the season on a sour note. The descent from riches to rags would not be complete without the humiliating 21-7 Sun Bowl loss to Georgia Tech. The final day of 2012 defined a season that was lost just as quickly as hype was gained, and it left a program with nothing to grasp but hope for the future.
That future became even more important by game’s end. National Signing Day was merely five weeks away, and each day presents a challenge to hold a top rated class together. USC lost another battle on Wednesday, as Sebastian Larue announced his decommitment, becoming the fourth recruit since November to do so. The class had taken yet another hit, and another decrease in rating, but would regain its strength through a 5-star commitment on Friday.
Leon McQuay III (Seffner, FL) committed to USC at Friday’s Under Armour All-American game. The Safety is rated a 5-star by rivals.com, and stands as an equal or better version of the recently departed Max Redfield. McQuay chose the Trojans over Florida State, Vanderbilt, Michigan, and Oregon, who also appeared on his short list.
McQuay said he was tilted west by USC academics, having a desire to major in music, and the school presenting one of the better programs in the country. Former USC safety commit, Max Redfield, gave his pledge to Notre Dame on Friday.
WR Sebastian Larue’s recruitment remains open. And contrary to belief, it wasn’t a sixth loss by USC that turned him towards the exit. The Santa Monica product emphasized his focus on depth charts, and the Trojans are very deep at his position. Southern California remains on his list, but Washington, Oregon, and UCLA are possible landing spots.