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Top-ranked 2020 dual-threat QB Bryce Young commits to USC over Texas, others

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The elite California native visited the Forty Acres twice this spring, but momentum surged in USC’s favor down the stretch.

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The nation’s top-ranked 2020 dual-threat quarterback is keeping his talents close to home.

On Wednesday, five-star Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei announced that he’ll remain in the Golden State to play college football with his commitment to the USC Trojans.

The Texas Longhorns were one Young’s final six options, along with Penn State, Washington, Alabama, and Oklahoma, which was considered the runner up.

In comparison to USC, which has had an offer on the table since last summer, Texas jumped into the mix relatively late. The Longhorns finally extended an offer on April 24, just days after Young’s trip to the Forty Acres for the spring game, and he returned several days later for another unofficial visit on May 4. As evident by his two visits in as many weeks, Texas was nothing short of a major player in Young’s recruitment, and he’s noted his interest in the ‘Horns from both, a relationship and schematic standpoint.

However, on May 25, Texas picked up a pledge from Lake Travis standout Hudson Card, who’s now ranked as the nation’s No. 2 dual-threat quarterback, and whether there was a correlation or not, the momentum between between Young and the ‘Horns began to die down.

Two months removed from adding Card’s commitment, Texas watched as Young sided with USC, and if Tom Herman and Tim Beck aim to add another gunslinger to their 2020 class, the most likely option at this point is four-star Houston Austin field general Malik Hornsby, whose recruitment may very well be an in-state battle between Texas and Texas A&M. The Longhorns also have an offer out to top-ranked pro-style passer DJ Uiagalelei out of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John’s Bosco.

Thus far, Card is the lone 2020 commitment for the Longhorns.