2018 five-star forward Taeshon Cherry has reportedly decommited from the USC Trojans, according to a report by 247 Sports.
Five-star forward Taeshon Cherry is reopening his college recruitment, backing off an early pledge to USC, his father, Darnell Cherry, tells @247Sports | Story: https://t.co/M31CmqKinu pic.twitter.com/9RV1UzvSRR— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) December 24, 2017
Although there isn’t a lot of information coming out in stories quite yet, Cherry is the second commit to flee from USC following the FBI bribery scandal. J’Raan Brooks put himself back in the recruiting scrum in October following the initial report.
Gonzaga was originally one of eight final schools for Cherry before he picked USC. According to Cherry, he originally chose USC because the pitch didn’t limit him as a proto-typical four-spot player. Cherry is ranked as the No. 7 power forward in the country.
Whether or not he chooses Gonzaga is a big question mark. Even with the departure of Johnathan Williams, the Zags will be pretty solid in the front court. With Killian Tillie a question mark (possible NBA draft???), the Zags still have Flip Petrusev, Brandon Clarke, and Rui Hachimura to fill a front court alongside Jacob Larsen. It doesn’t hurt to have more players, and the Zags do have the scholarships available to offer a spot.
It will be steep competition if the Zags are back in the pursuit. Cherry picked USC over teams such as Arizona, Florida State, Gonzaga, Oregon, San Diego State, Texas A&M and UCLA. Oregon has the No. 2 recruiting class in the country. Texas A&M is a team back on the upswing, and Arizona is always Arizona.
When Cherry chose USC back in June, it was in the midst of a weird and unfortunate run of Gonzaga missing out on every single recruit. The situation seemed a lot more dire than it is now. Since then, Petrusev committed to Gonzaga and Clarke transferred over, helping to bolster a frontline that is looking at the departure of Williams at a minimum.