USC Football: Trojans To Host These 3 4-Star Defensive Prospects This Weekend

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USC Football will host three four-star recruits this weekend, including 2026’s number one overall prospect, defensive lineman, Jahkeem Stewart, cornerback Chuck McDonald, and edge rusher Chad Woodfork.

It is no coincidence that USC Football is attracting top defensive talent now that co-defensive coordinators, D’Anton Lynn and Eric Henderson are in place. Lynn turned the UCLA Bruins defense around lickety-split. The Bruins went from allowing 400 yards and 28 points per game in 2022, to 300 yards and 18 points per game under Lynn. Henderson was the defensive line coach for the Los Angeles Rams where he won a Super Bowl and coached Aaron Donald among others.

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Jahkeem Stewart stands 6’6″ and weighs in at 266 lbs. According to Gabe Brooks at 247 Sports, Stewart splashed onto the scene with several excellent camp performances. He needs “more reps in pads” but possesses all the building blocks of a high-ceiling defensive tackle.

Stewart enters his junior year next fall at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, LA which has produced over 30 NFL players.

It comes as no surprise that Jahkeem has already received an offer from Alabama, LSU, Texas, Georgia, Michigan, as well as USC.

Chad Woodfork, Edge Rusher

Chad Woodfork is ranked as the 6th-best edge rusher in the 2025 class. His junior year highlight reel shows a high motor and relentlessness to get to the ball carrier, whether it’s a quarterback, a rusher, or in coverage. He displays the overwhelming athleticism that you want to see at the high school level, a true game wrecker. He is 6’4″ 220 lbs.

Woodfork attends Summer Creek High School in Houston, TX and has received offers from three Texas universities, Texas, Texas Tech, and Houston. On3 predicts Woodfork will opt to stay close to home. USC has also made him an offer as well.

Chuck McDonald, Cornerback

Chuck McDonald, a soon-to-be senior cornerback at football powerhouse Mater Dei High School, is 6’1″ 180 lbs. He is ranked as high as the 19th-best cornerback in the country per ESPN. He also runs track for MD. Last year he ran the 100 meters in 11.1 seconds, 18th best in school history. That speed helped him block two punts.

Mcdonald’s junior year highlights show a smart and wiley cornerback who plays heads-up football and has an incredible feel for the game.

On3 gives USC Football a 75.4 percent chance of landing the hometown kid in 2025.

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