Five-star running back Raleek Brown committed to Southern California and new coach Lincoln Riley on Thursday, a day after decommitting from Oklahoma.
Brown, who plays at powerhouse Mater Dei in nearby Santa Ana, Calif., committed to Riley and the Sooners on Feb. 5. But Riley’s decision over the weekend to leave Oklahoma for USC gave Brown second thoughts about the Sooners.
“Momma I’m Staying Home… Los Angeles let’s turn it up a lil #FightOn #GoTrojans,” the 5-foot-8 back tweeted Thursday afternoon.
— RALEEK BROWN (@raleek2) December 2, 2021
The 247Sports composite lists Brown as the No. 2 running back and No. 34 player nationally in the Class of 2022.
Brown told 247Sports that Riley’s move to USC cemented his decision.
“Lincoln Riley, that’s my guy,” Brown said. “… I was shocked he was leaving, but then excited he was coming to USC.
“I’ve been up to USC a ton of times, since before I even got to high school, and I’m super familiar with it there. I have a strong comfort level at the school and a lot of family nearby, so it’s honestly a great situation for me.”
Brown becomes the second former player previously committed to Riley and Oklahoma to choose USC.
On Tuesday, 2023 quarterback Malachi Nelson committed to the Trojans. From Los Alamitos High School, about 30 miles from USC, Nelson is the No. 2-ranked quarterback and player in the 2023 class behind Arch Manning, nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning.
Since Riley announced his departure, eight players combined have decommitted from Oklahoma’s 2022 and ’23 classes.
–Field Level Media