USC added more depth to the roster Saturday with the commitment of San Jose St. DL Transfer Sinjun Astani. Astani played two years for Marvin Sanders at Loyola HS in Los Angeles before spending the last five years with the Spartans.
“Excited to join the Trojans as a Preferred Walk On,” Astani told WeAreSC.
Astani held Division I offers, but chose to accept the PWO offer from Shaun Nua and the Trojans.
“Grew up going to all USC games and my Father attended the school,” Astani said.”Was on scholarship at SJSU for my career. Had two years of eligibility due to injuries left after I graduated.. I wanted to come home & play for the team I grew up loving & supporting. I’m a Trojan always have been.
“They needed depth at Dline so Nua was recruiting me since then. Although a PWO, I was on scholorship at SJSU and played in almost every game I was healthy for since my true freshman season.”
Astani is commitment No. 18 out of the transfer portal for USC this offseason.
The first 13 were able to participate in spring ball. Those following them have come after the conclusion of USC’s spring ball and have hit each level of the defense.
Tuli Tuipulotu led the Trojans with 5.5 sacks last season. Foreman had 2.5. Safety Jaylin Smith is the only other returning USC player who recorded a sack for the Trojans last season. Getting some pass rushers into the fold is a key this offseason. Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch wants defenders in the backfield pressuring the quarterback and disrupting the running game.
Astani will have two years of eligibility remaining, another positive development for USC looking to balance the defense.