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USC Football Recruiting: Trojans pick up another defensive back with commitment of Jaylen Watson

The three-star JUCO Ventura College product is staying local.

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The USC Trojans defense is getting an experience boost with the addition of junior college cornerback Jaylen Watson.

Hours before USC picked up a commitment from safety Kaulana Makaula, three-star JUCO product Jaylen Watson announced his pledge to USC.

The 6-foot-2, 195 pound Watson hails from Ventura College and is the No. 35 cornerback in the JUCO class of 2019. A day before he announced his commitment to the Trojans, Watson had listed his Top Five remaining schools in Boise State, Texas Tech, Toledo, USC, and UTEP. Watson cut his list down to the five contenders after holding offers from 11 programs.

Watson will sign with USC on National Signing Day on February 6. The cornerback played two seasons at Ventura College, where he recorded 43 total tackles, four interceptions, one fumble recovery, and averaged 3.3 tackles per game.

Watson will join fellow 2019 cornerback commits Max Williams and Trey Davis. Playing time for the JUCO transfer shouldn’t be a problem as USC is losing five veteran cornerbacks to the NFL Draft. The addition of Watson will bring needed experience to a USC roster filled with very young corners.