USC lands transfer commitment from former Oklahoma corner Latrell McCutchin
Late Wednesday evening, USC landed up its second transfer addition at corner of the day.
Colorado corner Mekhi Blackmon announced his intention to transfer to USC earlier Wednesday, and former Oklahoma corner Latrell McCutchin will join him.
— Latrell McCutchin🦹🏾♂️🧬 (@bil_trell) January 20, 2022
McCutchin is a former 4-star cornerback from the 2021 class who committed to new USC assistant Roy Manning and head coach Lincoln Riley while they were at Oklahoma. He entered the transfer portal on Jan. 11, and USC made short work getting him to join the Trojans.
A 6-foot-1, 185-pounder from Texas, McCutchin played in nine games—with one start—as a true freshman for the Sooners during the 2021 season. His play was up and down, but McCutchin has real promise as a rangy corner. He was the 17th-ranked corner in his class and the 242nd overall prospect, per the 247 Composite. He finished his first collegiate season with nine tackles, two forced fumbles, and a pass breakup.
Here’s his 247 scouting report:
“Rangy cornerback with good height relative to the position. North of 6 feet with good frame potential for a corner. Size and play style could also translate to free safety and provide personnel flexibility. Plays aware. Reacts quickly. Covers a good amount of ground in zone. Not afraid of contact and willing to come downhill against the run and screen game. Shows good ball skills for a DB, aided by ample experience in all three phases. Disruptive at the catch point and uses length to his advantage. Missed 2019 junior season with knee injury. Long-strider with adequate play speed, though speed and athleticism have not been verified in combine environment. Lacks ideal arriving pop. Can improve tackling technique consistency. Power Five-caliber cornerback prospect with all-conference potential. Long-term development could lead to NFL Draft ceiling.”
The Trojans are losing both starting corners, Chris Steele and Isaac Taylor-Stuart, and safety Greg Johnson to the 2022 NFL Draft. Reserve corner Jayden Williams and safety Chase Williams have also hit the transfer portal. With McCutchin and Blackmon coming in via the transfer portal, the Trojans will still have a talented secondary.
So far, USC has added Virginia offensive tackle Bobby Haskins, Washington wideout Terrell Bynun, Oklahoma wideout Mario Williams, Colorado wideout Brenden Rice, TCU defensive lineman Earl Barquet, Kansas State defensive lineman Tyrone Taleni, Blackmon, and now McCutchin.
The transfer class alone ranks as the third-best in the country, per 247. Add in the high school recruiting class, and USC is suddenly up to the 16th-best class in the country and the No. 1 class in the Pac-12.