Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta safety Su'a Cravens ended his recruitment, which started two years ago with his first offer as a freshman, on Wednesday morning.
The five-star safety, ranked No. 1 nationally by Scout.com, committed to USC over offers from around the country.
"I always wanted to be a Trojan growing up, that was my dream school," said
Cravens. "USC has everything I could want in a program. Location wasn't a
factor for me. I would have gone anywhere, but being close to home is definitely
USC now has verbals from the West's top defensive player in Cravens and the top offensive player in quarterback Max Browne.
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The coaching staff played another big role in securing an elite prospect.
"I'm close with the whole coaching staff," Cravens said. "When I was there, I already felt like part of the team. It's a big family and I'm excited to be a part of the program."
The commitment from Cravens gives USC their fifth commitment from a player in the Scout top 20, and their third player in the top eight along with Browne and defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow. On top of that, six Trojan verbals are in the top 100, out of eight current commits, and five rank in the top three at their position nationally.
Cravens, the top safety prospect in the country, will play in the secondary in college.
"They want me for safety and I'm comfortable with that," Cravens said. "I played safety all spring and it's a good position for me. I could grow in to a linebacker, but right now, the plan is to play safety and I'm excited about that."
Cravens picked USC from a final group that included the Trojans, Michigan, Ohio State and UCLA, but he also had offers from Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and LSU.
"I had some other great options and the whole process was crazy and wild for me," said Cravens. "I never dreamed things would get this big for me at this same time last year. I was just hoping to get recruited and things just blew up for me after our season. It's a great feeling but I'm glad it's over for sure."