USC defensive back position will be losing one member of the 2019 recruiting class. Three-star JUCO defensive back Jaylen Watson announced on his twitter account that he will no longer be enrolling at USC due to academics and will re-open his recruiting. The initial report was broken by Chris Trevino of USCFootball.com.
Thanks To The Entire Trojan Family ❤️ Recruitment Back Open‼️ pic.twitter.com/1btpmbPVE3— Big Uno (@JaylenWatson12) July 6, 2019
Watson committed to USC back in January and signed his letter of intent on National Signing Day. He was also around the team during spring camp. The Ventura C.C. defensive back also had offers from Texas Tech, UTEP, and Boise State.
Watson was rated as a three star prospect and ranked No. 92 overall in the 2019 recruiting class. He was also ranked as the No. 10 cornerback in the class per the 247 sports composite. At 6-2, 195 pounds Watson was one of the more intriguing recruiting in the Trojans 2019 recruiting class because of his size and his two year college experience. He had the potential to compete with Olaijah Griffin, Issac Taylor-Stewart, and Greg Johnson at cornerback in the fall. USC was also lacking depth at cornerback when Watson signed with them. The Trojans lost Johnathan Lockett, Ajene Harris, Isaiah Langley, and Iman Marshall to graduation.
USC had a total of eight defensive backs in their 2019 recruiting class which included Watson. Four of them are cornerbacks. Four star cornerback Max Williams, three star cornerback Adonis Otey, and three star safety/cornerback Brittan Allen. The Trojans also added four star cornerback and former Florida signee Chris Steele. Steele transferred from Florida to USC back in late May.