Jaleel Wadood Decommits from Arizona State: Is USC New Favorite?

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIJune 25, 2013

Photo Credit: 247Sports
Photo Credit: 247Sports

Arizona State's 2014 recruiting class took a major hit on Tuesday with the decommitment of composite 4-star safety Jaleel Wadood (Via FightOn247). To make matters worse, one of the Sun Devils' Pac-12 Conference rivals, USC, may end up as the benefactor.

Wadood had been a member of ASU's 2014 class since mid-January but decided to reopen his recruitment on June 25. Not coincidentally, his decommitment came just two weeks after he camped at USC and received an offer from the Trojans (Via 247Sports.com).

After his decommitment, Scott Schrader of FightOn247 and Landon Wright of WreckEm247 each predicted that Wadood would sign with the Trojans for 2014:

Since his commitment to ASU, Wadood experienced a surge of new offers from an impressive list of programs, including Boise State, Oregon, Washington, Nebraska and USC.

The St. John Bosco product is the No. 19 composite safety according to 247Sports and ranks as the No. 26 player in the state of California.

At 5'11", 170 pounds, Wadood is a speedy and athletic safety prospect and has the potential to blossom into a dangerous playmaker in the secondary.

With the decommitment of Wadood, ASU now claims just four commitments for 2014, including one safety, Jordan Thomas out of Inderkum High School in Sacramento.

USC currently has just five commitments for 2014, none of which are defensive backs.

However, the Trojans did sign a strong class of defensive backs in 2013 that included the nation's top safety Su'a Cravens and Leon McQuay III—the No. 4 composite safety from 2013 who is now listed as a cornerback on the official USC roster.

Given the current status of both Wadood and USC, it's tough to say whether or not he'll end up a Trojan, but it seems as though they have an edge right now.