The 2017 class just got a little bit stronger and a little bit more fun for the USC Trojans. Four-star Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral defensive end/outside linebacker Hunter Echols has signed his National Letter of Intent and faxed it into the Trojans athletic department, per a school tweet.
Not only is USC getting a 6-foot-4, 245 pounder that is rated the No. 3 defensive end in the West and the No. 20 defensive end overall. Echols also brings a charisma and energy that has helped the Trojans put together a strong class with his help recruiting other prospects. He and center signee Brett Neilon even gained a shoutout from four-star Austin (Texas) Westlake linebacker Levi Jones when he announced his commitment to USC on national television early this morning.
Echols has already talked about his willingness to come in and get stronger while learning behind Porter Gustin, the starter at the Predator outside linebacker position that Echols is slated to play. He knows he has to gain weight and strengthen his lower half, so that he can be affective on a more consistent basis when rushing the passer. Echols has already got started on that process. Even since the end of his high school, he has already added 20-25 pounds pushing up to 245 pounds at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last month in San Antonio.
Check out these Hunter Echols highlights from that trip to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the practice week:
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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