Jacob Lichtenstein, a projectable three-star defensive end from Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay, is officially in the USC Trojans' 2017 recruiting class. Lichtenstein has faxed his National Letter of Intent to the McKay Center and the USC athletic department.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end is rated as the No. 20 defensive end recruit in Florida this year and is the 124th d-end in the country, but the numbers don't tell the whole story on Lichtenstein. Many believe he has the ability to blossom at the collegiate level. He had offers from a bevy of SEC and ACC schools.
Lichtenstein committed to USC in August not long after taking a cross-country trip to USC and being blown away by the campus
"The campus is absolutely beautiful," Lichtenstein told Scout after his commitment. "You can just see the architecture everywhere you go, and you're just shocked by how beautiful it is. You can also sense the tradition there; I met the players, and you can just tell by how they carry and hold themselves.
"You can tell that football is everything there; that's definitely something big there and they really care about it. There's no better place to be."
In addition to his intriguing size, Lichtenstein is an aggressive kid that plays with a good mixture of power and effort along the defensive front. This versatile, high-character defender flashes a motor that runs until the play is whistled dead. Lichtenstein isn't the most explosive defensive end across the map, but does a good job of providing backside pursuit and causing a stir in the offensive backfield. He reads and reacts very well, and then impresses with his ability to scrape down the line with good pad level.
Lichtenstein also plays with a good amount of relentlessness and toughness. He does a good job of stacking offensive linemen and gaining leverage, but also keeps an eye on the football in order to disengage and put a hat on the ball carrier. Lichtenstein is just a headache to deal with for all four quarters, but depending on the scheme, I envision him lining up as a 3-4 defensive end or 3-tech in a 4-3. -- Corey Bender
Lichtenstein isn't likely to be an immediate impact contributor, but he's a player that could become a force later in his collegiate career after he bulks up in the weight room.
Check out these Jacob Lichtenstein highlights from his junior year:
Also, check out our quick glance at the 2017 USC Trojans recruiting class to see the latest updates on who has signed.
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