Starling Commits to the Trojans

Four-star safety Jawanza Starling from Tallahassee (FL) has been one of the hardest players to read during the recruiting process, but on Wednesday he let everyone know that he is headed to USC.

Four-star safety Jawanza Starling from Tallahassee (FL) has been one of the hardest players to read during the recruiting process, but on Wednesday he let everyone know that he is headed to USC.

Starling had over 40 scholarship offers and chose the Trojans over Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Stanford and Florida State.

At USC, Starling will be reunited with his former Lincoln teammate T.J. Bryant, who shocked the recruiting world last year by committing to USC.

Starling is one of the more physical defensive backs in the 2009 class, and is another solid addition to USC's strong secondary class that already includes T.J. McDonald, Byron Moore, and Torin Harris.

Starling recorded 86 tackles, 61 solo, a sack and an interception during his senior season.

Jawanza Starling Scouting Report:

Rangy defender with excellent closing speed, Starling covers ground quickly and under control. Head stays up and on a swivel and he doesn't lose leverage. Stays square to the ball and over his feet, putting himself in position to make a play. Has a good understanding of the big picture, in terms of run fits and coverage, so is rarely out of position. Can (at times) be a reckless and unsound tackler, but is solid and finishes.

— Burke Hayes, Scout Recruiting Analyst


Jawanza Starling committed to USC on Wednesday.


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