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The Nation’s No. 12 athlete has USC in his final four

Will Latu released his top four schools and USC is firmly in the race for his services

NCAA Football: Southern California Spring Game Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

One of the nation’s top athlete prospects for the class of 2021 has your USC Trojans in his final four. Will Latu recently released his top four schools, shrinking his list from a top 10 to a final four.

USC is joined by Michigan and Pac-12 rivals Utah and Washington.

Latu is the 12th-rated athlete prospect in the class, according to 247Sports. He ranks as the sixth-best prospect from Washington state according to the 247Sports Composite as he stands 6’2, 221 pounds from Bethel High School in Spanaway, Washington.

He projects to strong safety at the next level but he can play deep safety and cornerback (and sure, why not, running back) as he’s shown in high school. According to Brandon Huffman, 247Sports’ national recruiting editor, he projects as a Power-5 starter and is compared to former Washington State safety Shalom Luani.

Versatile athlete who play a number of spots, but projects in the box in college. Physical and fluid player who can drop into coverage and defend down field but also come up and strike the ball carrier. Sometimes goes for the big hit instead of the sure tackler so needs to stay disciplined in ending plays. At his best covering tight ends and backs, has the strength to jam bigger receivers and tight ends at the line and knock them off balance. As a running back, could be a short yardage back. Projects as multi-year Power 5 starter and projects as a third-day NFL draft pick or undrafted free agent.

The predictions have USC behind the ball a bit on this one as in-state Washington is projected to win his services, but at the rate that Clay Helton and his staff are going, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Helton, Keary Colbert and the rest of the Trojans coaching staff pull some magic out of the hat on this one.

They’ve secured 13 commitments so far for the class of 2021 and have the Pac-12’s best, and fifth-best national recruiting classes already. Don’t be surprised if they can pull this one off.

And Will, remember, it’s always best to Fight On!