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Leon McQuay III enrolled at USC: rangy safety recruit a great fit for Trojans defense

USC safety Leon McQuay is one of the many early enrollees looking to make an immediate impact with the Trojans.


The USC Trojans have two great safeties coming in this class. One of them is Su'a Cravens, who is on the shortlist for being the best West Coast prospect of the 2013 class. Leon McQuay III from Florida will be joining him, and figures to be just the partner Cravens needs in the backfield.

When watching Leon McQuay on tape, the first thing that stands out is his range. McQuay covers a lot of field in a hurry and finds his way from one side of the field to the other. He can play cornerback if needed because he's able to defend wide receivers one-on-one thanks to his long arms and ability to drape on the receiver. McQuay also has the instincts to go after the football when he's draped in coverage and try to make a play on the ball and give himself as many opportunities for interceptions as possible.

However, his future is almost certainly positioned at safety, where he's tall, instinctive and quick to the ball. McQuay has great roaming skills and a good idea as to where the football is going, and always seems to be in position to make quick hits when ball-carriers come near. This is true not only in pass coverage but also in run support, when McQuay is often called upon to make the hit in open field. McQuay makes good reads, is sound and fundamental in his technique and runs his man down.

McQuay and Cravens both enrolled early to USC. They'll both be part of the mix in spring camp. The Trojans are losing four safeties on their depth chart to graduation (including starters T.J. McDonald and Jawanza Starling), so Cravens and McQuay will have plenty of opportunities to try to crack the two-deep.

Ratings: Five stars

Vitals: 6'2, 184 pounds

Other offers: More than 25

Twitter: @LM3Beats

Recruitment timeline: See the SB Nation stream on McQuay for the details of his recruitment.

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