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USC Football Recruiting: 2021 California quarterback Jake Garcia commits to the Trojans

A day after 2020 quarterback Bryce Young flipped to Alabama, USC gained the commitment of a 2021 prospect in Jake Garcia.

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USC lost the commitment of five star quarterback Bryce Young after he flipped his commitment to Alabama Sunday afternoon. It didn’t take them long to recover as they picked up a verbal commitment from one of the top quarterbacks in the 2021 recruiting class.

Jake Garcia of Narbonne High School in Harbor City, California committed to USC Monday evening. The announcement was made through his twitter account. This comes just a day after five star Mater Dei quarterback announced that he will be flipping his commitment from USC to Alabama’s 2020 recruiting class. Garcia also held offers from Nebraska, Miami, Alabama, and Ohio State.

Garcia is rated as a five star prospect and is ranked as the No. 3 pro style quarterback in the 2021 recruiting class per the 247 Sports composite. He’s also ranked No. 2 prospect in the state of California and No. 14 nationally. Garcia brings a big arm and patient pocket presence which will fit very well for the Trojans down the line.

This is considered to be a huge get for USC and head coach Clay Helton on the recruiting trail. However, it doesn’t affect the 2020 recruiting class, who slid to No. 62 in the recruiting class with the loss of Young. The emergence of freshman Kedon Slovis and the injury of JT Daniels likely could’ve made a complicated situation with Bryce Young there. The timing of Garcia would space things out just about right as both would be going into Junior/redshirt junior year.

Garcia’s commitment could now mean USC pushes back their recruitment of a quarterback. With Slovis, Daniels, and potentially Matt Fink on the roster, the need for quarterback isn’t as dire for next season as some view.

USC’s 2021 recruiting class only consist of Garcia, four star linebacker Ma’a Gaoteote, and four star defensive tackle Jay Toia. It has the potential to be a master recruiting class with Five star defensive end Korey Foreman and four star linebacker Raesjon Davis in play for the Trojans.