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Five-Star QB Malachi Nelson Follows Lincoln Riley, Commits to USC

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Just days after Malachi Nelson de-committed from Oklahoma, the five-star quarterback prospect is joining Lincoln Riley at USC.

Nelson was the second five-star prospect in the Class of 2023 has decommitted from the Oklahoma Sooners just hours after Lincoln Riley left OU for to become the head coach at USC.

But two days later, Nelson announced on Twitter he’s staying in Southern California.


Nelson is a California prospect who is ranked as the No. 2 quarterback in the nation, No. 2 player in the nation and No. 1 player in California in the class of 2023, according to 247Sports.

Oklahoma had the No. 1 class in the nation for 2023 prior to Riley’s departure, but they’re now down to No. 7 with just three commitments in four-star wide receiver DeAndre Moore Jr., four-star tight end Luke Hasz from Bixby, Oklahoma and three-star lineman Joshua Bates from Durango, Colorado.

Of the three, Moore is from Los Alamitos, California, the same town as Malachi Nelson, and is the most likely candidate to follow Riley to USC at some point.

Meantime, USC is now ranked as the No. 10 class in the 2023 rankings from 247Sports.

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