Green goes to USC

Serra five-star defensive tackle Rasheem Green becomes one of three Serra Cavaliers to commit to USC Wednesday morning.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra five-star defensive end Rasheem Green committed to USC Wednesday with teammate John Houston is another huge signing day haul for the Trojans.

The pipeline from Serra to USC has become one of the most notable and fruitful in college football. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Army All-American kept it short and sweet with announcement.

“I will be attending USC,” said Green. “I just felt like USC was was the best fit for me. I feel like is on the rise and I feel like I can make an impact there. It’s just like, the best school.”

Green, who had 46 tackles and half of those for losses, also had six sacks in eight games.

Taking his official visit to USC Jan. 16 with almost a dozen other prospects already committed, Green’s mother, Shandle, has impressed with USC as a launching pad for her son after football.

Green boasts a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.

“I think all the way around, USC has what you would want for a student who is both strong in academics and athletics,” said Green said after the family official visit to USC in January. “Their program overall has a lot to offer.

“But more that, forget that you’re an athlete and you got your degree. It’s about the opportunities that will be available to you after that point. the degree itself, but also the location.

“There are a lot of opportunities here in Southern California with the network available to its alumni.”

Those comments almost seemed to seal the deal for the Trojans, although Green and his family still officially visit Arizona State in addition to considering Miami on signing day.

Green, who becomes commitment No. 22 for the Trojans, joins defensive line commits Noah Jefferson and Jacob Daniel. That’s almost 900-pounds of interior defensive line beef for the Trojans.

“Green is now around 6-foot-5, 290-pounds, but has the frame to be in the 310-315 range once he hits college,” said Scout National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins. “He’s similar in a lot of ways to UCLA defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy in that he probably projects better inside despite his height.

“He’s naturally strong and has elite athleticism for the tackle position. He moves around like a player half his size and although still raw in some areas, has as much upside as any lineman in the West.”

Green, who had season ending meniscus and ACL surgery is expected to be 100-percent by the start of fall camp. The ACL injury was suffered as a sophomore, which he amazingly played with for two years before the surgery.

Green committed to USC Wednesday with fellow Serra teammates John Houston and advance scholarship recipient Deontay Burnett, who will not sign a letter of intent to the Trojans but enroll in August.

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