Christian Rector had family that attended USC. So when the Trojans offered they immediately become a frontrunner and on Tuesday night the three-star defensive end made his commitment.
USC beat out plenty of other top programs for Rector, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound prospect from Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola who's rated as the No. 22 defensive end in the 2015 class.
The Trojans always looked good in his recruitment. That was no secret. Rector made it official by committing on the second day of USC fall practice.
"SC has always felt like a good fit for me," Rector said.
"I can get a great education and be part of the Trojan tradition. I'm very happy to have committed today. Fight on."
Many other teams were chasing Rector, who also had offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Cal, Colorado, Duke, Fresno State, Miami, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington State and Wisconsin.
He was one of the top defensive performers earlier this summer at the UCLA Elite Camp and had other strong showings this off-season as well. Rivals.com rates him as the No. 50 prospect in the loaded California state rankings.
This is the second year in a row a prospect from Los Angeles Loyola has committed to the Trojans after four-star offensive tackle Chris Brown picked USC last recruiting cycle.