Pelon makes it in, will contribute quickly

National Signing Day is Wednesday Feb. 5, but USC already has five players who are part of its 2014 class enrolled. One of those players is Mesa (Ariz.) Junior College defensive lineman Claude Pelon...

JUCO spotlight
Mesa (Ariz.) Junior College transfer Claude Pelon provided a late boost to USC's midyear enrollment group, but who really knows how close Pelon came to not making it in?

Spring semester classes started Jan. 13. Pelon started Jan. 27, after completing his final JUCO class.

Now, that's water under the bridge. USC coach Steve Sarkisian was confident and "more than hopefuly" that Pelon would make it in for spring practices and the four-star defensive tackle delivered.

Pelon committed to the Trojans in mid-December, when Sarkisian had an in-home visit with Pelon.

The 6-foot-5 275-pound tackle established a relationship with Sarkisian when he was the coach at Washington.

He had already visited USC, before Sarkisian even took the job.

The two pieces seemed to make the perfect match.

Pelon has three years to play two seasons.

Pelon's impact
Look for the JUCO transfer to make an immediate impact on the Trojans defensive line.

He'll participate in the Trojans 15 spring practices and could even challenge early on for a starting position.

It's yet to be determined what position Pelon will play on the line, but there is no doubt he has the tools to line up just about anywhere.

His commitment was crucial for USC to maintain one of the best defensive lines in the country after losing George Uko early to the NFL and the graduation of both Devon Kennard and Morgan Breslin.

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