The USC Trojans Class of 2021 got a whole lot better on Saturday, as the nation’s top-ranked recruit Korey Foreman selected the Trojans as his college destination.
Live on NBC during the Army All-American Declaration Day, Foreman made his choice known, pledging to USC over a multitude of the nation’s ‘blue-blood’ programs. USC head coach Clay Helton wasted no time announcing Foreman’s decision once it went public.
Welcome home, @koreyforeman54! pic.twitter.com/UbVNI0F51o— Clay Helton (@USCCoachHelton) January 2, 2021
Foreman is joined by Ceyair Wright, the nation’s sixth-ranked cornerback, who committed to USC just moments earlier. With Wright and Foreman now committed, the USC class rank jumped from No. 8 overall on the Class of 2021 Team Rankings by 247Sports, after starting the day ranked No. 14 overall.
Foreman ranks as the nation’s 12th-best prospect all-time, according to 247Sports.
That 12th-best ranking ties him with former Clemson standout Da’Quan Bowers as the fourth-best defensive end prospect since the recruiting service has ranked prospects. It also ties former USC standout running back Joe McKnight as well with their 0.9997 ranking on their scale of 0-1.000.
The only defensive ends to rank above Foreman according to 247Sports are former No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, Robert Nkemdich and Ronald Powell. The list of athletes in the top 12 on the 247Sports list goes as follows:
Jadeveon Clowney, DE; 1.000
Robert Nkemdiche, DE; 1.000
Rashan Gary, DT; 1.000
Vince Young, QB; 1.000
Ernie Sims, LB; 1.000
Ronald Powell, DE; 0.9999
Trevor Lawrence, QB: 0.9999
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR; 0.9998
Justin Fields, QB; 0.9998
D.J. Williams, LB; 0.9998
Brock Berlin, QB; 0.9998
Da’Quan Bowers, DE; 0.9997
Joe McKnight, RB; 0.9997
Terrelle Pryor, QB; 0.9997
Korey Foreman, DE; 0.9997
He’s projected as a top overall pick in the NFL draft when that day arrives as well and his evaluations are as superior as you’d expect.
Charles Power, National Writer from 247Sports:
Owns a broad, thick frame and added over twenty pounds during the offseason prior to his junior year. Tests as a good, if not elite athlete in combine settings with agility being his best area. Was the defensive line MVP and top edge rusher in one-on-one’s at the all-star camp as a rising junior, showing advanced speed-to-power and technical ability. Combines his initial quickness off the line with an array of pass rush moves and skills. Can dip and bend off the edge in addition to walking offensive linemen back with his strong hands and bull rush. Plays for a top high school program in Southern California and faces top competition on a weekly basis. Missed approximately half of his junior season with a knee injury, but showed his reactive quickness and plus play strength prior to going down. Has the skill set to be an ideal edge-setting strong-side defensive end but could potentially reach the size where he could play multiple spots along the defensive line depending on scheme and down and distance. Continues to look like one of the top overall prospects in the 2021 cycle and one of the more talented defensive linemen to come out of Southern California in several cycles. Projects as a multi-year impact starter at the Power Five level with the upside to develop into a first round NFL Draft pick.
And another one from Greg Biggins, National Recruiting Analyst from 247Sports:
Has a prototype frame for a strong side rush end. Has plenty of room to add good weight by the time he hits college. Is a versatile defensive end who could play in any scheme. Is very strong, quick off the ball and has multiple ways to beat a tackle. He plays with advanced technique, uses his hands well and has the power to bull rush or long arm a tackle in to the quarterback or beat him off the edge with quickness. He plays with a motor and is very good in backside pursuit. He’s a plus athlete who’s strong at the point of attack and shows enough athleticism to break down and make plays in space. Can continue to improve as an athlete but really checks off every box and is still filling out as he matures. Projects as a impact upper tier Power 5 starter and future high round NFL draft pick.
His player comparisons at the next level are DeMarcus Lawrence from the Dallas Cowboys and Cameron Jordan of the New Orleans Saints.
Prior to his commitment live on NBC’s All-American Declaration special, Foreman was said to be considering Georgia, Clemson, LSU, Arizona State and USC.