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Sunday, January 6, 2013
Scouts: McQuay fills need for USC

By Billy Tucker

With limited scholarships and a need for talent in the back-end, USC is certainly achieving success in this 2013 class. After securing a verbal from Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), USC now has commitments from the No. 1 and 3-rated safeties, and despite some setbacks in this class, the Trojans have reloaded on defense and have secured a great overall group of talented players.

The future in the defensive backfield is very promising, as McQuay III will be paired with top prospect Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) to give USC two big, fast and athletic safeties.

The newest Trojan has the size and aggressive nature to play in the box versus power running Pac-12 teams like Stanford, and the athleticism and range to defend in space versus more open teams like the Oregon Ducks. He can run, close and hit and is more fluid in transition than his tall body often indicates.

A playmaker from the safety position, McQuay has the size and instincts to do it all and we feel he will have a chance to play early and produce at Southern Cal. He has a lot of natural ability with good movement skills for a safety with his impressive size and explosiveness.

However, we feel this could be a commitment that coach Lane Kiffin will have to fight to retain right up to signing day, but if he can do that, the Florida safety will bring USC the talent to help Kiffin's embattled defense regain its form.