5 star 2020 quarterback Bryce Young flipped his commit from USC to Alabama on Sunday afternoon. The Mater Dei High School product announced the change through his twitter account where he thanked USC and the coaching staff.
Young was committed to USC for a full year before flipping his commit. There has been multiple reports that Alabama was turning up their recruitment for the five star quarterback while he was committed to the Trojans. According to Greg Biggins of 247 Sports, Young recently he took a visit to Alabama while the Mater Dei was on their bye week where he decided to flip during that weekend. The flip doesn’t come as a surprise as some upped their percentage for Alabama as they kept gunning for him.
Per the 247 Sports composite, Young is ranked as the No. 2 dual threat quarterback in the nation. Overall he is ranked No. 32 in the 2020 recruiting class and No. 4 in the state of California.
The decommitment of Bryce Young increases the questions about USC and recruiting. With the status of head coach Clay Helton up in the air, some believe that the uncertainty is what’s causing many big time recruits to pass on the Trojans. So far USC has missed on a few local talent to teams out of the state.
It’s also possible that Young could be the starting quarterback when USC faces Alabama. If Tua Tagovailoa opts to leave the Tide for the NFL Draft, then the Mater Dei quarterback would be a favorite to replace him. USC currently has true Freshman Kedon Slovis taking over at quarterback for the injured JT Daniels. Should Slovis continue to develop and perform well then he could possibly lessen the need for a quarterback for the short time. It’s also unknown how Daniels plays following his recovery from his torn ACL. Slovis was also just injured against Utah. Matt Fink, who took over for Slovis in the first quarter, could also be a wild card moving forward should he opt to stay with USC after the season.
USC could opt to go for a quarterback in the 2020 recruiting class and it’s still early in the process to do so. The ideal target would be five star quarterback DJ Uiagalelei out of St. John Bosco, however it’s unlikely that the Trojans flip his commitment from Clemson. It’s also possible the Trojans could decide to delay recruiting a quarterback until 2021 where they’ll be able to make a run at Narbonne’s Jake Garcia and Bishop Alemany Miller Moss.