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National Signing Day 2019: Three-star cornerback Adonis Otey flips from Arkansas and signs with USC

Clay Helton and the USC Trojans flip Arkansas commit.

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The USC Trojans’ first flip of the day comes from Adonis Otey, a three-star cornerback out of Tennessee who had been committed to Arkansas going into National Signing Day.

Adonis Otey is headed to Southern California. After playing high school football at Blackman High School in Tennessee, and once committed to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks, Otey is headed out of the land of the SEC and into the Pac-12.

After an official visit to USC’s campus on January 25, Otey was deciding between the Razorbacks and the Trojans the morning of National Signing Day.

It seems the west coast was too good to pass up for Otey who will join a USC backfield that was decimated by injuries in 2018. Luckily for Otey and his fellow 2019 signees, the Trojans are on the hunt for a new strength and conditioning coach to replace Ivan Lewis.

At 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, he is an averaged sized corner that will join 2019 cornerback signees Max Williams, Trey Davis, and Jaylen Watson. With USC losing four veteran corners to graduation in Iman Marshall, Ajene Harris, Jonathan Lockett, and Isaiah Langley, the addition of Otey is great news for defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and company.

Otey is the No. 53 corner in the nation and the No. 17 recruit in the state of Tennessee. During his time at Blackman High School, Otey also played wide receiver and was on special teams.

The chance at an immediate role at USC was too much for Otey to pass up. Clay Helton and the Trojans notch a win over Arkansas.