The Trojans picked up another defensive prospect from the transfer portal on Wednesday, and it once again struck from within the conference.

Carson Tabaracci, a former Utah linebacker, announced on social media his intention to transfer to USC. The 6-foot-2 middle ‘backer signed with the Utes out of the 2022 class and arrived as a mid-year enrollee to take part in spring ball. He entered the portal at the end of April, just a few months after enrolling.


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Tabaracci was excellent on both sides of the ball as he starred for Park City in Utah. He was a 3-star prospect in the 247 Composite, choosing the Utes over interest from USC and Notre Dame, among others. USC hosted the 225-pound linebacker prospect on an official visit at the end of October last fall.

A do-everything kind of player at the high school level, Tabaracci threw 63 pass attempts as a junior, throwing for eight touchdowns against only three interceptions. As a senior, he ran the football 174 times for 1,181 yards and 15 touchdowns while catching 23 balls for an additional 235 yards and two scores.

He was starting to settle in at linebacker alongside fellow Utah freshmen Lander Barton and Justin Medlock during the spring period before deciding to enter the transfer portal.

USC has added four linebackers now from the transfer portal since coach Lincoln Riley took over the program. Tabaracci joins Shane Lee (Alabama), Romello Height (Auburn), and Eric Gentry (Arizona State).