Class of 2015 offensive tackle Roy Hemsley, a 6'6'', 285-pound prospect with long arms, committed to the USC Trojans Tuesday afternoon, becoming the fifth overall player and second offensive lineman in Steve Sarkisian's first full class with the school.
Hemsley tweeted the news:
Hemsley currently has just 3-stars on the 247Sports Composite, but not all 3-star recruits are created equal. He checks in at No. 330 overall and No. 36 among offensive tackles in the class, making him one of the most sought after 3-star prospects on the board.
According to his 247Sports timeline, Hemsley visited both USC and UCLA on April 21 before making this announcement. He also visited the Bruins on April 1, and with so much time remaining in the cycle, it is likely that Jim Mora Jr. does not think this battle over.
With only five commitments to date, USC is still technically far back on the 247Sports team rankings, although this announcement did help move it up four spots from 30 to 26.
However, that number is a little bit misleading. USC already has two 5-star recruits committed in quarterback Ricky Town (whom it poached from Alabama) and offensive tackle Chuma Edoga, tying it with LSU for the most so far this cycle.
Hemsley isn't the blue-chip prospect Town or Edoga is, but he's got a big, long frame and ESPN Scout's Inc. (subscription required) says he moves his feet well in pass protection. If he adds a little bulk and smooths out the rough edges of his technique, there is no reason he can't become a good FBS lineman.
Score another dart on the board for Sark.