USC continues to stock up on offensive line depth in the 2020 recruiting class. Three star offensive tackle Caayden Stephen officially signed with the Trojans during the early signing period. The Camas, Washington product tweeted a picture from his twitter account of him signing his letter of intent.
Stephen was a verbal commit to USC since early September. He also held offers from Arizona State, Bosie State, and Cal.
Per the 247 Sports Composite, Stephen is ranked as the No. 54 offensive tackle in the 2020 class and No. 9 overall in the state of Washington. At 6’5, 295 pounds, Stephen brings versatility to the Trojans offensive line. His ability to play as a tackle and slide over to play guard could pay him huge divot ends as the Trojans could potentially lose a few key linemen. Drew Richmond, Clayton Bradley, and Jacob Daniels will depart due to graduation while Austin Jackson could potentially declare for the NFL draft early.
The departures on the line could potentially open up opportunities for Stephen to compete for early playing time on the offensive line come spring camp. Only time will tell once things take form after the Holiday Bowl.
Stephen is now the ninth letter of intent signed and announced by USC during the early signing period. He now joins an offensive line heavy 2020 recruiting class that already features Cortland Ford, Andres Dewerk, Andrew Milek, and Casey Collier.