Ari Watford is watching colleges court docket him. The Virginia-based product transferred from Salem (Virginia Seaside) to Maury (Norfolk) this previous season and was a breakout participant and riser within the 2025 class. Watford has a proposal checklist of Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Penn State, and now USC.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Watford is rated a five-star prospect within the 247Sports Composite, the No. 27 general recruit and the No. 4 edge rusher.
He’s the No. 52 general prospect and the No. 4 edge rusher within the 247Sports rankings. Watford recorded 10 tackles as a real freshman, eight of them tackles for a loss with 5 sacks.
USC additionally supplied Watford’s teammate, four-star 2025 inside offensive lineman Jaylen Gilchrist. You’ll be able to see within the recruitment of Watford a seamless emphasis on beefing up the Trojans’ defensive position and enhancing their go rush. These had been each achingly massive deficiencies on the 2022 roster, the product of neglect through the Clay Helton years.
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