USC earns verbal pledge from former Notre Dame commit and 4-star offensive lineman
On Sept. 22, Elijah Paige decommitted from Notre Dame. Less than two weeks later, he has traded up for the Men of Troy.
USC landed a verbal commitment from the Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle offensive lineman on Monday. Paige is fresh off an official visit to Los Angeles to see the Trojans beat Arizona State. He chose USC from a list of nearly 30 Power Five offers.
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— Elijah Paige (@elijahpaige74) October 3, 2022
Paige committed to Notre Dame back in June, but three months later he backed off the pledge. He was set to take an official to USC before going public with his commitment, but in doing so decided to shut his recruitment down. When Paige re-opened things at the end of September, coach Lincoln Riley and his staff moved to set up another visit.
The 6-foot-7, 304-pound tackle evidently liked what he saw.
“I feel like I’m a great fit,” he told 247Sports’ Blair Angulo. “I got a chance to sit down with the other offensive linemen and we are all like-minded with the same goals. Justin Dedich was my host and it was great to be able to spend time around the offensive line group. They are great guys.”
Paige rates as a 4-star in the industry-generated 247 Composite. He’s the 354th-ranked prospect in the Class of 2023 and the 30th overall tackle prospect. He primarily plays left tackle for his high school, and also plays basketball.
He’s the 19th known commit for the Trojans so far in the 2023 cycle, joining a class that ranks 13th nationally. He’s also the fifth offensive lineman to publicly join the class. His commitment might also help the Trojans in their pursuit of a certain 5-star tight end — Paige’s teammate at Pinnacle.
You can see his highlight tape here.