Top OL Out West, Justin Dedich, Commits To USC

USC landed a commitment from the top offensive lineman out West as Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral's Justin Dedich announced his pledge for the Trojans.

After taking several unofficial visits this off-season, standout center Justin Dedich decided to pull the trigger early and commitment to the USC Trojans.

"I actually committed to Coach (Clay) Helton after the camp yesterday," Dedich said. "I didn't want to make it public until I had a chance to call all the other coaches and let them know. I didn't think it was right for them to have to hear about it on twitter first so I wanted to thank them all but I'm just really excited to be a Trojan.

"This is something I've been praying about it and thinking about with my family for a long time. I originally wasn't planning to commit this early but after taking a lot of visits, I just knew USC was the right place for me. You always hear people say when you find the right school, you know and for me, I got that feeling when I was at USC and knew I found a home."

Dedich said there were multiple reasons why he chose the Trojans.

"I love the coaching staff," Dedich said. "I have a really good relationship with Coach (Neil) Callaway (OL coach). He's a great coach and someone I know I'm going to enjoy playing for. Coach Helton was really involved in my recruitment as well and that was big for me. It definitely helps when the head coach has a relationship with you and shows how much he wants you.

"Academically, I plan to major in Physical Therapy and USC has one of the top programs in the country. I like the size of the campus and obviously the football program is really strong and going in the right direction. USC offers great opportunities after football as well so it was definitely the best of both worlds."

Dedich said being on campus for the Trojans Camp on Monday really solidified things for him.

"The way the coaches ran the camp yesterday, it was like an actual USC practice," Dedich said. "Before the camp started, I told the coaches I wanted to talk to them when it was over. By the end of the workout, all the positive feelings I had about the school were really reinforced and I knew I was making the right decision.

"When I told Coach Helton and Callaway, they were really ecstatic. I actually committed to them before Liam Douglass did so I was the first OL for the '18 class and Coach Callaway was fired up."

Dedich said his decision came down to a final four that also included the Colorado BuffaloesUCLA Bruins and Washington Huskies.

"It was a hard decision," Dedich said. "I just visited UW last week and like it a lot and I had good visits to Colorado and UCLA as well. I just felt more comfortable at USC and I liked the idea of staying closer to home as well. 

"It's a big weight off my back and I'm excited to be able to just focus on school and football and enjoying my summer now. I'm planning to graduate early too so now I can focus on some of the online classes I'm taking and not have to stress any more about recruiting. I enjoyed the recruiting process but I'm glad it's over and like I said, it feels great to be a Trojan."

Dedich is currently rated the No. 1 center in the nation as well as the top offensive line prospect in the West. You don't often see a center earn that honor but we feel Dedich is that good.

He's a tough, nasty lineman who plays with advanced technique and a ton of passion. He's a physical player but plays under control and is equally strong as a run blocker and a pass protector. He's also a very intelligent player, a natural leader and someone we could see as a captain down the road. 

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