USC makes final two for coveted 4-star edge rusher
Braylan Shelby is down to two.
The 4-star edge rusher from Friendswood (Texas) has been high on the Trojans’ board for some time, and on Wednesday he announced that his recruitment is down to just two schools—USC and Texas. According to 247Sports, a final decision could come later this month or in August.
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— Braylan Shelby (@BraylanShelby) July 13, 2022
Shelby rates as a 4-star in the industry-generated 247 Composite and the 229th overall recruit in the 2023 class. He’s a top-30 prospect at his position and a top-40 prospect from the state of Texas. USC hosted him on an official visit on June 16 and then the Longhorns brought him to Austin a week later.
Shaun Nua has been hard after the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder and for good reason. Shelby has a tremendous amount of athleticism; he was a Texas 5A regional qualifier in the triple jump as a junior with a 45-0 personal record at area competition.
As a junior last fall, he was a unanimous Texas District 9-5A D-I first-team selection after piling up 77 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, eight sacks, five pass breakups, four forced fumbles, and an interception he returned for a touchdown. As a sophomore, Shelby posted 54 tackles, eight tackles for loss, seven sacks, four more forced fumbles, and three pass breakups en route to a Texas District 9-5A D-I second-team selection.
As this new coaching staff looks to revamp the defensive side of the ball, securing blue-chippers with Shelby’s combination of natural ability and production will go a long way toward making this a short rebuild in Los Angeles.
You can view his highlight tape below, via Hudl: