Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young flips commitment to Alabama from USC

Logan Newman, USA TODAY High School Sports
High School Sports

Bryce Young, one of the top prep quarterbacks in the country, has flipped his commitment to Alabama.

The leader of No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California) had previously been committed to USC. On Sunday, following a visit to Alabama, Young tweeted that he had committed to the Crimson Tide. He also tweeted a note thanking the USC staff.

Young has been stellar this year, throwing for 1,272 yards with a 73.5% completion rate, 14 touchdowns and just one interception through four games.

He threw for 538 yards and seven touchdowns against Arizona powerhouse Centennial of Peoria, and then followed it up by rushing for 105 yards and four touchdowns against then-No. 4 St. Frances Academy of Baltimore.

Young had been committed to USC since July 2018, before his first season at Mater Dei started. It looked as if he would compete for the starting spot for the Trojans next year against former Mater Dei quarterback JT Daniels.

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But with the announcement, USC loses one of the top players in California and the country and a member of the 2020 Chosen 25.

Young is ranked as a four-star quarterback on the 247Sports Composite rankings that factors in the assessments of several recruiting sites, but 247Sports itself recently upgraded him to the No. 4 player in the country — one spot below quarterback DJ Uiagalelei of rival St. John Bosco.

Uiagalelei is committed to Clemson, meaning the rivalry between the two is poised to remain intact in college.

Young excels as a passer, but he's at his best when he gets out of the pocket and looks downfield for open receivers. He is able to manipulate the defensive line, and once he finds a window of space for a receiver, he releases as quickly as any quarterback in the country.

In an interview with USA TODAY HSS on Sept. 13, Young expressed optimism toward USC despite that program's struggles over the past year and rumors of head coach Clay Helton on the hot seat.

"I've been kind of saying it all offseason, I have trust in the coaching staff and the team," Young said. At that point, USC was 2-0. "I'm really excited about the future. I think we've got off to a good start, and I have a lot of confidence in this team."

Two weekends after making those comments, he took his visit to Alabama. Young told 247Sports it wasn't an overnight decision, and he has a good relationship with both coaching staffs.

Young told 247Sports that Alabama reminds him of Mater Dei. His high school has won two consecutive national championships and is currently the No. 1 team in the country.

"I love the football program and how committed everyone there is," he said. "It reminds me a lot of how it is here at Mater Dei, how focused everyone is on being great."

Young also told 247Sports that his decision wasn't based on negative feelings toward USC.

"This was never about USC not meeting my expectations or anything. It was more about me feeling Alabama was too good of an opportunity to pass up," he said.

Alabama's 2020 recruiting class is ranked No. 2 in the country, behind only Clemson. The Crimson Tide has a pair of five-star commits and 16 four-star players to go with five three-star recruits.

With starting Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa expected to enter the NFL draft after this season, Young could be in line to compete for a starting spot for the Crimson Tide.