The D’Anton Lynn effect on USC Trojans Recruiting is beginning to snowball as two big-time defensive transfer portal players have committed to the USC Trojans.
USC Trojans Recruiting: Two Big-Time Defensive Transfer Portal Players Commit To USC
At 5’11, 228 pounds, Mascarenas-Arnold is a tremendous linebacker with great instincts and sideline-to-sideline quickness. He’s not the longest backer but makes up for it with his speed. Greg Biggins of 247Sports.com compared him to Eric Kendricks when he was coming out of Mission Viejo High School. He finished last season at Oregon State with 106 total tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 interceptions. He was a four-star high school recruit and is a four-star transfer.
Akili Arnold is a 5’11, 200-pound safety who finished last season with 62 total tackles, 0.5 sacks, and 2 interceptions. Arnold is a commander of the backend of the defense and will be a huge force for USC and new secondary coach Doug Belk.
Calen Bullock has yet to announce if he will forgo his senior season for the NFL Draft. If he does decide to return (I believe he will), the pairing of Bullock and Arnold will make for one of the top safety tandems in the Big 10.