Brandon Lockhart, the top-rated cornerback in the Class of 2026, has made the decision to commit to USC under the guidance of head coach Lincoln Riley. His choice came over offers from Penn State and Oregon, showcasing the Trojans’ ability to attract exceptional talent.
Lockhart is not only an outstanding prospect among high school athletes in the nation but is also ranked as the overall 10th best player and the number one cornerback for the 2026 cycle, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 165 pounds, this talented cornerback hails from Loyola High School in Los Angeles, California, making him the top player in the state.
The Trojans have also secured the commitment of another highly regarded cornerback, Isaiah Rubin, who is considered one of the top five cornerbacks in the 2024 class.
Lockhart expressed his connection to USC and his excitement for the future, stating, “The first time I met coaches Riley and Williams, they let me know right away that I’m family. They went beyond discussing football and emphasized life after the sport, which means a lot to me and my parents. I feel confident that I have a future beyond football and I am eager to contribute to the defense, notably as a corner.”
This recent commitment from Lockhart, along with the addition of Isaiah Rubin, firmly establishes USC as the leading class for the 2026 cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Brandon Lockhart, an elite cornerback in the class of 2026, has announced his commitment to USC! He chose the Trojans over offers from Oregon and Penn State. USC now boasts two recruits ranked number one in their positions in 2026 (Julian Lewis as the top quarterback and Lockhart as the top cornerback). “I’m staying home…”
— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) October 29, 2023
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