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USC continues to mine the NCAA transfer portal for top talent, picking up a commitment from former Auburn safety Chris Thompson Jr. on Thursday.

Thompson, who was a 4-star Rivals250 prospect in the 2020 recruiting class out of Duncanville, Texas, had strongly considered the Trojans coming out of high school and took an official visit two summers ago before committing to Auburn.

Thompson played in six games as a freshman this past fall, totaling 8 tackles in limited action. Auburn replaced its coaching staff after the season, which could be a factor in Thompson’s exit from the program.

At USC, he joins a growing young corps of 4-star safeties that includes freshmen Caleb Bullock, Xamarion Gordon and Anthony Beavers along with Texas transfer Xavion Alford, who was also a Rivals250 prospect in the 2020 class.

USC lost star safety Talanoa Hufanga to the NFL this year and will soon have to replace veteran starting safety Isaiah Pola-Mao, who is a redshirt senior but actually has two seasons of eligibility left if he wants them with the NCAA giving all athletes an extra year due to the ramifications of the pandemic.

Redshirt junior Chase Williams worked as the first-team safety in Hufanga’s spot during spring practice, but it will be interesting to see if Alford (who also went through spring practice) or Thompson can push for the job this summer.

Thompson, listed at 6-foot-1, 202 pounds, projected as a hard-hitting strong safety coming out of high school.

As for the transfer market, USC has now landed seven players from Power 5 programs since December in Alabama DT Ishmael Sopsher, Alford, Texas RB Keaontay Ingram, Colorado WR K.D. Nixon, Memphis WR Tahj Washington, Texas TE Malcolm Epps and now Thompson.

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