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National signing day: USC gets linebacker Uchenna Nwosu

National signing day: USC gets linebacker Uchenna Nwosu
Narbone's Uchenna Nwosu tackles Bishop Alemany's Chaz Collins back in September. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

USC moved to improve depth in its linebacker corps Wednesday by signing Harbor City Narbonne's Uchenna Nwosu to a national letter of intent.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Nwosu was described as a "a really late bloomer" by Trojans Coach Steve Sarkisian.

"He has a great upside and the length we are looking for at linebacker," Sarkisian told USC's website.

Nwosu joins a linebacker corps that includes Hayes Pullard, Lamar Dawson, Anthony Sarao, Michael Hutchings, Quinton Powell and Scott Starr.

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Nwosu also played safety in high school. USC assistant Tee Martin compared Nwosu to Dion Bailey, a safety in high school who started for USC at linebacker and safety.

"We felt like having a linebacker who was a former safety similar to like a Dion Bailey-type position, that he could come in and stay on the field for us," Martin said on the school's website.

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