One member of USC’s 30-player 2011 recruiting class has been officially nixed for next season. DeVante Wilson, one the Trojans’ incoming freshmen, will likely miss the entire upcoming college football season after tearing his ACL earlier this month.
USC head coach Lane Kiffin indicated that Wilson had suffered the injury while working out in Corona, California, and that he would redshirt next season. In a text message sent to ESPN’s Pedro Moura, Wilson said that he will have surgery to repair the torn ACL on August 9th.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound recruit was not expected to figure heavily into next season’s plans, but was listed as the backup to Nick Perry at defensive end in the Trojans’ most recent depth chart.
The three-star linebacker-defensive end recruit was a standout at Corona High School where he accumulated 59 tackles and 9.5 sacks, while earning Prep Star All-American honors as a senior in 2011.
Despite Wilson’s injury and the loss of another 2011 defensive line recruit Steve Dillon, who asked for his release from the school after failing to qualify academically, USC has considerable depth along the defensive trenches.
Perry, Wes Horton and Devon Kennard are expected to receive the bulk of the snaps at defensive end this season, with sophomore Kevin Greene and incoming freshmen Greg Townsend Jr. and Christian Heyward providing depth.
At defensive tackle, Christian Tupou is expected to return after suffering a knee injury early on in the 2010, forcing him to redshirt. Joining Tupou at tackle will be DaJohn Harris, redshirt freshman George Uko and a pair of incoming freshmen, J.R. Tavai and Antwaun Woods.
The wild card in the Trojans’ defensive line plans is 2010 starter, senior defensive end Armond Armstead, who was hospitalized back in March with an unspecified medical condition and has not yet been cleared to rejoin the team.
Kiffin spoke of Armstead’s status at Tuesday’s Pac-12 Media Day, saying “Armond’s still an ongoing situation. Really what’s happened is that nothing’s changed. They’re still doing tests, but they haven’t gotten to the point to clear him and they haven’t gotten to the point to say he’s out for the season.”
Should he be cleared, Armstead is expected to shift back to the defensive tackle position in 2011.
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