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Gardena Serra defensive lineman Oluwole Betiku commits to USC

Loyola running back Drake Beasley Jr. is dragged down by Serra defensive end Oluwole Betiku in first half of a game Sept. 25 at Loyola High.

Loyola running back Drake Beasley Jr. is dragged down by Serra defensive end Oluwole Betiku in first half of a game Sept. 25 at Loyola High.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Defensive lineman Oluwole Betiku from Gardena Serra High announced his commitment to USC on Friday.

“Thankful to God, Family and football, I will be a Trojan fighting on to greatness at USC #FightOn,” Betiku wrote on Twitter.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Betiku was once committed to UCLA. Before his commitment to the Bruins, USC did not make his list of top five schools.

A native of Nigeria, Betiku has made official visits to Florida State, Texas A&M and Notre Dame. He also made an official visit to USC earlier this month.

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Trojans Coach Clay Helton has not announced a defensive staff since firing coordinator Justin Wilcox, line coach Chris Wilson and secondary coach Keith Heyward after the Pac-12 championship game.

USC’s roster is stocked with players from Serra, including three-way standout Adoree’ Jackson, defensive lineman Rasheem Green, receivers Jalen Greene and Deontay Burnett, linebackers Olajuwon Tucker and John Houston, defensive back Jalen Jones and tight end Caleb Wilson.

USC has commitments from three other defensive linemen in 2016: Keanu Saleapaga from La Mirada, Liam Jimmons from Huntington Beach and Keyshon Camp from Lake Gibson Senior in Lakeland, Fla.

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With 15 commitments, USC has five remaining scholarships.

Here’s a look at who is committed to USC:

Player, position, high school

Matt Fink, QB, Glendora

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Velus Jones, WR, Saraland (Ala.)

Josh Imatorbhebhe, WR, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett

Michael Pittman, WR/DB, Westlake Village Oaks Christian

Trevon Sidney, WR, La Puente Bishop Amat

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Tyler Vaughns, WR, La Puente Bishop Amat

Cary Angeline, TE, Exton (Pa.) Downingtown East

Frank Martin, OL, Santa Ana Mater Dei

Nathan Smith, OL, Mesa

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Keanu Saleapaga, DL, La Mirada

Liam Jimmons, DL, Huntington Beach

Keyshon Camp, DL, Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson Senior

Oluwole Betiku, DL, Gardena Serra

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Jordan Iosefa, LB, Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis School

C.J. Pollard, DB, Gardena Serra

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