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USC Recruiting: 2025 commit breakdown

Collin-headshotby:Collin Ginnan05/13/24


USC finished outside the top 15 in the 2024 On3 Industry Team Recruiting Rankings, but the Trojans are off to a much better start in 2025.

Currently ranked No. 3 in the 2025 On3 Industry Team Recruiting Rankings, USC’s class is spearheaded by a pair of five-star prospects.

USC Class Breakdown

A busy two-week span between late March and early April for Lincoln Riley and his staff launched the Trojans into the top 5 of the On3 Industry Team Recruiting Rankings. The class now has 12 commits through mid-May.

It was a successful March 24 for USC as four USC commitments came on that day. Manchester (Ga.) five-star defensive lineman Justus Terry started things off by flipping from in-state Georgia. He was joined by Warner Robins (Ga.) top-40 EDGE Isaiah Gibson, Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin top-70 safety Hylton Stubbs and Austin (Texas) Lake Travis defensive lineman Gus Cordova.

Carrollton (Ga.) five-star quarterback Julian Lewis is a comparatively long-time member of this USC class, having pledged to the Trojans back in August.

Since March 24, the Trojans have picked up commitments from San Clemente (Calif.) top-85 linebacker Matai Tagoa’i, Colleyville (Texas) Southlake Carroll three-star running back Riley Wormley, Baltimore City College four-star receiver Romero Ison, Dinwiddie (Va.) County On300 four-star running back Harry Dalton, Chattanooga (Tenn.) Oakland three-star athlete Daune Morris Upland (Calif.), three-star cornerback Trestin Castro and Bellevue (Wash.) three-star interior offensive lineman Willi Wascher.

Top Trojans Offensive Commit: QB Julian Lewis

Carrollton (Ga.) five-star quarterback Julian Lewis kicked things off for USC in the 2026 recruiting class by pledging to the Trojans in August. The elite signal-caller proceeded to reclassify to 2025 this winter, where he ranks No. 9 nationally and No. 2 among quarterbacks according to the On3 Industry Ranking — a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

On3’s scouting and rankings team writes this about him as a prospect:

“Polished signal caller who turned in the most productive freshman season among 2026 quarterbacks. Has been touted as a high-profile prospect, earning offers as a middle schooler. Measured in at around 6-foot-0.5, 185 pounds with a 9.5-inch hand prior to his sophomore season. Turned in a strong freshman campaign, completing 65.5% of his passes for over 4,100 yards and 48 touchdowns against 12 interceptions while leading his team to a state title appearance. Played well while facing some of the strongest competition among 2026 quarterbacks. Has advanced accuracy and overall polish at this early stage. Very consistent on a throw-to-throw basis in the camp setting. Shows the ability to locate passes to several areas, including over the middle of the field.

“Shows nice touch and ability to layer the football. Navigates the pocket well, sliding up to elude pass rushers. Can make defenders miss in space. Has plenty of time to continue growing, but is not overly physically imposing at this stage. Flashes a good arm, but his upside as a pure, top-arm talent remains to be seen. Can also continue improving as a creative playmaker as he gets more varsity experience. Figures to be among the top quarterbacks in 2026 as the cycle progresses.”

Top Defensive Commit: DL Justus Terry

Manchester (Ga.) five-star defensive lineman Justus Terry flipped from the in-state Dawgs to USC on March 24. Terry told On3 that USC provided an opportunity to experience life away from a small town and to study business at one of the best programs in the country.

On3’s scouting and rankings team writes this about him as a prospect:

“Tremendous frame and build for an interior defensive line prospect. Stands in at 6-foot-5, 275 pounds with excellent weight distribution throughout his frame. Wins with first step and lateral quickness, has rare get off and leverage for a player of his stature. Quality bend and ability to change direction, comfortable in space. Uses his length to initiate contact consistently and sheds blockers with ease. Able to anchor and two-gap if asked to in run support.

“Will need to continue to fill out and gain functional play strength at the next level. Should be able to carry an extra 20-30 pounds on his frame. High upside prospect who will be in consideration for a first-round selection in the NFL Draft.”