Is USC Football still the favorite for elite transfer Bear Alexander?


Bear Alexander is one of the top players available in the transfer portal right now and a commitment decision will come Sunday night, possibly for USC football. 

It didn’t take long for college football teams to start expressing interest in defensive line transfer Bear Alexander.

The former top-50 recruit, ranked 50th overall to be exact in the 247 Sports composite rankings in the 2022 class, entered the portal earlier this week. He was contacted by a bunch of programs but took his first visit to USC football and the buzz has been strong about the Trojans ever since.

Bear Alexander has been on a visit to USC football this weekend and the 6-foot-3, 305-pound defensive tackle is a top target for the Trojans. He’s the No. 1 ranked player available in the transfer portal according to the rankings and on Saturday, he cut his list of offers down to six, which included USC football, Miami, Colorado, Texas, Oregon, and Penn State.

Where is Bear Alexander going to commit?

It’s a little more difficult to track transfer portal visits but I believe that Bear Alexander has only taken a trip to USC football at this point. Texas seemed very interested too but landed another defensive lineman in the transfer portal this week.

A bunch of programs have shown interest, but of the teams listed, only USC football has received an official visit and with a decision coming right after that visit, you can see where this is headed.

Bear Alexander even received an expert projection from On3 recruiting expert Scott Schrader who covers the USC Trojans. 

In terms of what Bear Alexander will bring to the Trojans, a pass rusher for one thing. He’s a guy who notched two sacks in the national championship game and in 12 games last season had double-digit hurries for the Bulldogs according to his UGA player profile.

Guys that are 6-foot-4, 300 pounds usually don’t get after the quarterback like that. Alexander can do much more than that and would be projected as a major contributor up front for USC football, which struggled on defense last season.

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It might not get the hype of Jordan Addison, but in terms of helping the Trojans win next season, it might not be that far off in terms of importance.