Defensive End Hunter Echols has sent his letter of intent to the USC Trojans today officially making him a Trojan and improving upon a great area of need for the USC Trojans. Echols is rated as a 4-Star player (out of 5) and 247 sports ranks him as the 10th best weak-side defensive end in the country. Echols had offers from many teams including the UCLA Bruins, Washington Huskies, Oklahoma Sooners, Alabama Crimson Tide, Notre Dame, and several more. The 6’ 3”, 231 pound prospect is from Cathedral High School right here in Los Angeles, California.
Echols initially gave a verbal commitment to UCLA before backing off of that pledge. With the amount of offers Echols received he could have gone to just about anywhere in the country to play football but opted to stay in Southern California and play for the Trojans.
“Clancy Pendergast’s 5-2 defense is a perfect scheme fit for Echols. Both the predator and SAM linebacker spots fit well with Echols’ skill set, adding a positional versatility to Echols’ potential that is no doubt appealing for the Trojans’ coaching staff. Each of those outside linebacker positions have a varying set of responsibilities depending on the play call, but in the short term, Echols will likely be positioned primarily as the predator backer. In this spot, Echols’ main responsibility will be rushing the passer and setting the edge—two of his biggest strengths. Although Echols is largely a hand-in-the-dirt player in high school, in this role Echols will be a standup pass rusher. This alteration will give Echols’ another advantage in speed and quickness against offensive tackles that could lead to a ton of sacks in cardinal and gold.”