USC head coach Lane Kiffin picked up his eighth commitment in his 2014 recruiting class Friday when Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defensive end Malik Dorton placed a Trojan cap on his head.
“The school I’ll be attending next year,” Dorton said, “is the University of Southern California.
“I would like to thank all of the programs that recruited me,” he continued. “It’s been a wonderful opportunity that you’ve presented to me. I’d like to thank my family, coaches… and all my fellow teammates for their support.”
Dorton, a four-star recruit, made the announcement in front of family, coaches, teammates, and staff members at St. John Bosco.
He says it came down to academics and the degree he will leave USC with. “You’ll be set for life,” he said.
Dorton, once a UCLA lean, also chose USC because of new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast’s “5-2” scheme. “I fit in better at USC,” he said. At 6-foot-3 235-pounds, Dorton will most likely play on the edge when he gets to USC. His goal is to make an immediate impact as a freshman.
Asked if the verbal commitment to USC will bring his recruitment to a close, Dorton said “It’s not over. I’ll still take a few visits to the schools I have high interest in other than USC.” Those schools include Arizona State and Washington. “So the process isn’t completely over.”
Dorton is a Scout 300 player in the class of 2014.
His St. John Bosco high school team is currently ranked second in FOX Sports' high school rankings.
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