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Five-Star 2020 dual-threat QB Bryce Young commits to USC

The California native chooses the Cardinal and Gold over other top programs such as Texas, Alabama, and Oklahoma.


The nation’s number one quarterback in the class of 2020 has decided to keep his talents close to home and attend the University of Southern California following his high school career.

Young’s commitment to join the Trojans was a long time coming, as USC officially extended an offer to him last Summer. Before making his announcement, the Santa Ana native and Mater Dei QB released his top six schools, which included Penn State, Texas, Washington, Alabama, and Oklahoma, which was largely considered the runner up.

Young transferred to Mater Dei from LA Cathedral after JT Daniels announced earlier this year that he would re-classify and enroll at USC in the Fall of 2018. Now, Young and Daniels will most likely join forces on the Trojans roster in 2020.

With his commitment to join SC, Young continues a long line of Mater Dei quarterbacks that have chosen to don the Cardinal and Gold. Two highly successful USC quarterbacks, Matt Barkley and Matt Leinart, both were from the Santa Ana based high school, and most recently the aforementioned Daniels is entering his freshman year at the University of Southern California.

In a recent interview with the LA Times, Young’s former coach at Cathedral, Kevin Pearson, expressed the prolonged interest that USC head coach Clay Helton had in Young.

“I’ve spoken to Clay many times about Bryce,” he said. “They wanted Bryce from the beginning. They believe in him. That offense is nothing Bryce can’t handle. Bryce is such an intelligent young man. He makes decisions faster than I’ve ever seen and gets rid of the ball faster.”

Coming in at just under 6-feet tall Young is one of the shortest Trojan quarterbacks ever, yet Pearson demonstrated full confidence in his former player.

“He’s going to excel in that offense,” he said.

Young split time as a freshman before taking over as the starter for Cathedral his sophomore season. With two more years left in his high school career, the five-star phenom will try to prove himself and become one of the top quarterbacks in the history of Mater Dei.