Defensive Tackle Brandon Pili has sent his letter of intent to the USC Trojans today officially making him a Trojan. Pili is rated as a 3-Star player (out of 5) and 247 sports ranks him as the 41st best DT in the country. Pili had offers from many teams including the UCLA Bruins, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and several more. The 6’ 4”, 310 pound prospect is from Westview High School in Portland, Oregon.
Many experts thought Pili would stay closer to home and pick the Oregon State Beavers even though he visited USC back on November 26th. Pili also took a visit to the Washington Huskies on January 20th and then he verbally committed to USC the following day. Pili also paid a visit to the Ole Miss Rebels on the weekend before National Signing Day but he opted to stick with his verbal commitment and sign with USC.
“Pili has perfect size for the nose position in Clancy Pendergrast’s 5-2 scheme. The primary role of this position is to take up two blockers in the middle in order to allow the defensive end and tackle to not have to face double teams. Stevie T was the perfect example of how to perfectly execute this role, and his performances could land him as a day 2 draft pick in April. Pili does not yet have Tu’ikolovatu’s strength, experience, or technique, but he does have more athleticism and a better frame that gives him the potential to be even better.”