On Tuesday morning in front of friends and family, Salem High School’s All-American Porter Gustin committed to the University of Southern California.
The five-star outside linebacker and defensive end picked USC over Arizona State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Arkansas.
Gustin is ranked as the 28th best player in the 2015 class and the 4th best outside linebacker, according to 247Sports. The 6’5″, 240 pound athlete played on both sides of the ball his junior and senior years, but shone the brightest on the defensive side.
In 12 games a senior, Gustin racked up 152 tackles (just under 13 tackles per game) and 29 tackles for loss. On top of the 29 TFL, he also had 12.5 sacks, two interceptions, and one fumble recovery.
As a dual threat quarterback on offense Gustin was dominant as well. Throwing the ball, he had a 60.7% completion percentage, passed for 2,864 yards, had 22 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. His athleticism was showcased while pulling the ball back and running with it however. On 92 carries he racked up 891 yards (9.7 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns.
By not landing Gustin and especially having him go to a Pac-12 South rival, Arizona State will need to rebound over the next 24 hours with commits from other big name recruits such as DT Rasheem Green, S Kendall Harrison, and OLB John Houston.
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