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Five-Star 2023 QB Malachi Nelson Commits to USC Following Oklahoma De-Commit

When Lincoln Riley left Oklahoma to take the USC job, one of the benefits many expected for the Trojans was a swift uptick in recruiting. One day after officially being introduced at his new school, Riley's impact on that front is already being felt.

Five-start quarterback Malachi Nelson, ranked as the No. 2 overall player in the class of 2023 by 247Sports, announced on Tuesday his commitment to USC, just two days after de-committing from Oklahoma.

Nelson, who just completed his junior season at Los Alamitos (Calif.) High School, threw for 2,690 yards and 39 touchdowns in 11 games.

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Nelson's flip from the Sooners to the Trojans might just be the first in a trend. Nelson's high school teammate, five-star athlete Makai Lemon, also de-committed from Oklahoma after Riley took the USC job. Another 2023 wide receiver, DeAndre Moore Jr., is also an Oklahoma commit and plays at Los Alamitos.

Other recruits—like 2023 five-star wide receiver Brandon Inniss and four-star 2023 running back Treyaun Webb—have de-committed from Oklahoma since Riley's departure.

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