USC beats out Oregon, Texas A&M for key interior offensive line target
USC scored a major offensive line commitment on Monday.
Micah Banuelos, a 4-star interior offensive lineman from Burien (Wash.) Kennedy Catholic, was down to a final three of USC, Oregon, and Texas A&M. He announced Monday that he’ll begin his career with the Trojans.
“I picked USC because of the many more opportunities they brought,” Banuelos told 247Sports’ Brandon Huffman. “USC joining the Big Ten played a big role in my decision.”
Banuelos rates as a 4-star in the Top247, 247Sports’ in-house ranking. In the industry-generated 247 Composite, which pulls in ratings from Rivals and ESPN, he’s rated significantly lower. ESPN doesn’t even have him rated, dragging down the composite score. The folks at 247 think he’s the 13th-best interior line prospect in the class of 2023 and the fourth-best prospect from the state of Washington.
It’s a key win for coach Lincoln Riley. The Trojans have been burned by a few other blue-chip offensive linemen lately, but the 6-foot-2, 290-pound Banuelos gives them a key win over major finalists.
He played immediately for Kennedy Catholic on both sides of the ball as a freshman in 2019. That team went to the Washington 4A state quarters. During the spring of 2021, Banuelos again played both ways for a team that went 6-0 during the COVID-shortened season. As a junior last fall, he played left tackle and defensive tackle. He projects as an interior guard at the next level.
Banuelos has already been selected to play in the 2023 Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando and the 2023 Polynesian Bowl in Honolulu.
His pledge gives USC its 13th known commitment for a class that ranks in the top 15 nationally.
You can view Banuelos’ highlight tape below, via Hudl: