National Signing Day is full of surprises, and this year has not disappointed. The latest shocker comes courtesy of Houston, Texas, defensive end Torrodney Prevot, who had been committed to the USC Trojans since last summer and had shown considerable interest in the Texas A&M Aggies. However, when it came time to put his name on the dotted line, Prevot shocked everybody with a commitment to the Oregon Ducks.
A dark horse for Prevot’s services, the Ducks seemingly came out of nowhere to snag the No. 19 rated defensive end in the 2013 class. His ability to disrupt on the defensive line and chase down ball-carrier will be a huge boost to a defensive line in Eugene that will have to replace Dion Jordan next season. He will be a huge boost for Mark Helfrich‘s first recruiting class as the head coach at Oregon, one which some were starting to doubt.
For USC, it is a crushing blow that they could not have seen coming. Right up until the announcement, sources close to the Trojans’ program were confident the Prevot would be coming to Los Angeles next season. They knew that the Aggies were making a push, but felt confident they were still ahead of A&M for his commitment. Getting blindsided by a conference rival is going to make this defection sting all that worse.
Prevot makes seven decommitments from the USC class, and shrinks their projected signings down to just 11. It’s been a nightmare for Lane Kiffin and company as they have watched their dominant class in August get picked apart as National Signing Day has approached. Prevot is the fourth defensive lineman to decommit from USC, joining Kylie Fitts, Jason Hatcher and Eddie Vanderdoes.
The Ducks continue their run of strong finishes to recruiting season and pulling a big recruit out of Texas at the last minute. Helping their defense while further gutting a rival’s recruiting class, however, makes this one even sweeter.