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Trojans still in mix as prospects trim lists

June is a time of year when prospects start whittling away their list of potential college destinations and USC continues to be a school that makes the cut, including for brothers Brandon and Breyon Gaddy (pictured above).

On Sunday afternoon, four-star defensive tackle Breyon Gaddy became the most recent national recruit to narrow down the potential schools he is considering attending college at.

The 6-foot-4, 305 pounder from Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan Catholic is the No. 4 defensive tackle in the state of Virginia and the No. 8 DT in the East. He wrote on Twitter, “I want to thank my mom and coachs [sic] for helping me make this decision” before listing his top five, in order: Tennessee, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, USC.

If that final five seems familiar, you may have seen the top schools for Breyon’s twin brother, Brandon Gaddy. Brandon, a 6-foot-5, 289-pound three-star, said he has the same schools at the top of his list earlier in the week.

If the Gaddy brothers’ list remains the same, USC should see both of them in the fall for official visits. But the Gaddys aren’t the only players interested in the Trojans. Another big-time player on the defensive line also made some trims to his list of schools of interest. 

Bellaire (Texas) Episcopal defensive tackle Marvin Wilson is one of the top 10 players in the nation and now has a list of 10 schools he is considering. The 6-foot-4, 329-pound Wilson, ranked the top defensive tackle in the country and the No. 9 overall prospect, included USC in a list of college football’s who’s who programs like Alabama, Texas, Florida State and Ohio State. USC isn’t Wilson’s only West Coast option as he also included UCLA

USC is still in the mix for a defensive lineman in Alabama as well. Three-star defensive end Jordan Wright tweeted out his final 12 on Thursday. 

“It was tough cutting so many great schools out and I thank those schools for taking the time out to offer me a scholarship, but these are the final 12 schools,” the 6-foot-6, 210-pound Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard product wrote.

USC is listed among that group of 12 for Wright, but he also said his “recruitment is still open” and added four more teams that he is “also considering.” The Trojans are also in the running for an even taller Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard athlete, but RaiQuan Gray just happens to play a different sport.

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound small forward can shoot the basketball from the wing while also being able to handle the ball. Gray decided to cut his list to 13 schools, but tacked on the caveat that “the list can change and schools can be added.”

Recruiting as always is a fluid situation. But these “top” lists reinforce that the Trojans remain in contention for a number of prospects from around the country. USC’s out-of-state recruiting efforts continue to be paying some dividends.

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