Three-star wide receiver Marlon Williams decommitted from USC on Tuesday, leaving the Trojans with 16 total commits in their 2017 recruiting class.
A few days after Clay Helton added an important piece to his 2017 recruiting class with 4-star safety Bubba Bolden, he lost a commit from the offensive side of the ball.
On Tuesday, news broke that 3-star prospect Marlon Wiliams has decommitted from USC, as first reported by Rivals.
The Trojans are now left with 16 total commits in the cycle and sit at No. 14 in the recruiting class rankings.
From Mobile, Alabama, Williams is ranked as the No. 79 wide receiver in the country and the No. 3 wideout in the state of Alabama. Williams has already spoken with Helton, and says the USC head coach understood his decision to back off his pledge.
“I’m going to open my recruitment back up. I’m still going to keep USC in the picture,” Williams said. “I just feel like it’s the right decision.”
Williams went on to say his dream, since was young, is to play in the SEC. On top of that, he wants to find early playing time as a true freshman, and would like to do so in a spread offense.
While he claims USC is still in the picture, Williams is currently scheduled to spend an official visit at LSU on Jan. 13, one day after the recruiting dead period is over. He’ll also take an official visit to Knoxville on Jan. 27 to get a better look at Butch Jones’ Tennessee Volunteers.
Ed Orgeron’s Tigers could be looking to add another wide receiver to their class, as they watched 4-star prospect Jhamon Ausbon flip to Texas A&M in November.
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