USC lost a commitment from an in-state lineman on Friday.

Manasse Itete, a blue-chip lineman from Modesto, California, shared that he has backed off his pledge to the Trojans. He revealed that he will be committing elsewhere in a note with the following:

“I want to thank and express my gratitude to the whole USC Football staff and coaches for everything they’ve done for my family and I. I’m very grateful for coach Lincoln Riley, coach Henson, coach Zach and while staff for believing and providing me with an opportunity to play football at the next level. After much consideration with my family, I have decided to DECOMMIT from USC. I sincerely appreciate your understanding and want you to know that this was a difficult choice or decision to make. Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience and disappointment. That being said, I’ll announce my commitment tomorrow Saturday.”

A Central Catholic standout, Itete is listed as measuring 6-5, 290 pounds. On the 247Sports Composite, Itete is rated 4-stars, the No. 26 offensive tackle, No. 28 California recruit and No. 331 prospect overall in the Class of 2024.

Itete had been committed to USC since June 5.

USC’s 2024 recruiting class

Without Itete, the Trojans are down to 16 commitments for 2024. The class is ranked No. 13 nationally on the Composite.

USC’s 16 commitments include a trio of offensive linemen. The Trojans have 2 interior linemen pledged in 4-star Jason Zandamela and 3-star Makai Saina). After Itete’s decommitment, 3-star prospect Hayden Treter is currently the only tackle in the class.

We’ll see what’s next for Lincoln Riley’s staff on the trail.