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Early signing period: USC football recruiting has solid start signing McClain and Williams

Two top defenders will join the Trojans

NCAA Football: Stanford at Southern California Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

On the first day of the newly instated early signing period, the USC Trojans and its Southern California charm snagged multiple top recruits. Here are two of the eight new Trojans.

Chase Williams, DB, Corona, CA

Ranked No. 125 nationally and No. 16 for his position, four-star Williams adds defensive dominance to the Trojans’ secondary.

Previously committed to Nebraska, Williams de-committed November 22, and had offers from multiple schools such as Arizona, Notre Dame, and Georgia.

With unfamiliar coaches at Nebraska and an offer from the hometown favorite Trojans, Williams is choosing to stay local and enroll early at USC.

Per 247Sports, the weight of a USC degree was a heavy factor in tipping Williams to the Trojans. Williams also stated how Clay Helton’s character made the decision an easy one,

"The degree was big for me, it's tough to beat the education you can get at USC. The other reason was coach Helton, he's a great coach and a great person and I can't wait to play for him.”

Abdul-Malik McClain, LB, San Juan Capistrano, CA

Ranked No. 14 for his position, former Bruin pledge McClain flipped from cross-town rival UCLA to USC.

After a spectacular senior season, McClain’s mailbox became filled with new offers from top schools around the country. During his senior campaign at J Serra Catholic, the linebacker racked up 18 sacks in only 11 games. He was also a member of Orange County’s All-County team.

Before Wednesday’s flip from UCLA, McClain had interest from Oklahoma, Washington, and Ohio State, but an impressive official visit to Pac-12 Champion USC was the nail in the coffin.

The new member of the Trojan secondary will enroll in the fall.