On Friday night, USC lost starting quarterback Kedon Slovis to an injury but was able to beat Utah using its third-string signal caller. On Sunday, USC lost another quarterback, but this one never made it to campus. Five-star 2020 QB Bryce Young announced Sunday that he was flipping his commitment from USC to Alabama after making a visit to Alabama over the weekend.
“It was a really hard decision,” Young told 247Sports. “I had great relationships with the USC staff, they have been great with me this whole time, and I have so much respect for coach [Clay] Helton, coach [Graham] Harrell, and everyone else over there. For me, I just felt like this was the best thing for me. It definitely wasn’t an overnight decision.”
Young is ranked as the No. 2 dual-threat QB in Class of 2020, per the 247Sports Composite, and No. 32 overall in the class. He initially committed to USC in July 2018, but now, just a couple of months before he could put pen to paper, he’s had a change of heart.
It’s a big deal for Alabama, which will likely have to replace Tua Tagovailoa after the 2019 season — or at least ensure it has a backup behind his brother, Taulia Tagovailoa.
It’s also a massive blow to USC. Young’s decommitment drops USC’s current class ranking in 2020 to No. 62 overall, No. 8 in the Pac-12. There’s still plenty of time for the Trojans to add more to their class, but this is unchartered territory for a USC recruiting class and will serve to turn the temperature on Helton’s seat up more.