USC football: 4-star cornerback Rodrick Pleasant signs with Oregon Ducks over Trojans
Pleasant chose Oregon over USC, UCLA, Cal and Boston College
Following a lengthy recruiting battle, 4-star Gardena Serra (Calif.) cornerback Rodrick Pleasant has signed with the Oregon Ducks. Pleasant announced his college choice on Wednesday morning inside the Serra gymnasium.
He chose Oregon over USC, UCLA, Cal and Boston College. Both the Ducks and Trojans were rumored to be the two finalists for Pleasant’s signature.
In addition to being an elite football player, Pleasant is a premier sprinter. He’s the California high school record holder in the 100-meter dash at 10.14 seconds and has gone 20.40 in the 200.
Here’s what 247Sports had to say about Pleasant in its scouting report:
“Pleasant has tremendous speed and is arguably the fastest player in the ’23 class. He had personal bests of 10.14-100m and 20.40-200m as a junior and will double sport in college. His speed shows up on the football field and he’s a dangerous player in all three phases of the game. He’s very quick breaking on the football and obviously has the top-end speed to open up and run with anyone down the field. He has improved from a technique standpoint over the last year, playing with more patience and not trying to jump everything. He’s not a big corner at 5-10 but is an aggressive player and isn’t afraid to step up in run support. He is rarely kicked to but is always a threat to make a big play in the return game and has looked natural playing receiver and taking some running back snaps as well. In some areas, he’s still raw and can make a big jump once he gets to college and fine-tunes a few things. His upside is very high and he should be able to contribute early at the college level.”
Missing out on Pleasant leaves USC with one corner in its 2023 high school recruiting class, Pacifica (Oxnard, Calif) CB Maliki Crawford. USC’s recruiting class came into the day as the No. 8 class in the country, per 247Sports.com.