Oluwole Betiku, the No. 1-ranked recruit from California in the Class of 2016, gave a verbal commitment to Southern California on Christmas Night.
Betiku, from Junipero Serra in Gardena, Calif., is ranked as the No. 1 weakside defensive end in the class and the No. 6 player overall according to the 247 Sports Composite rankings, despite having only played two years of football.
Betiku, a former UCLA commit, chose the Trojans over Florida State, Notre Dame and Texas A&M, despite the fact that USC has not hired a defensive coordinator.
He came to the United States from Nigeria in the fall of 2013 and has not seen his parents or siblings since. He has previously referred to former NFL player LaVar Arrington, who has served as a mentor, as his American dad, although Julia Boyer is serving as his current guardian.
Betiku is 6-3 1/2 and 240 pounds yet he amazed by running 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash at The Opening in Oregon in July.
The five-star commit plans to enroll in January at USC — among a group of seven Southern Cal early enrollees, including Serra teammate C.J. Pollard — but first will head to Florida next week to take part in the Under Armour All-America Game.