The University of California has committed to Ohio University’s football program.
In a statement on the university’s website, USC said, “This is a great day for our football program and our family.
We are very excited to be a part of this tremendous program that will offer an outstanding education and enrich our lives for generations to come.
This is the perfect opportunity for our family to have an extraordinary education and continue to grow as a family.
Our family has always been passionate about our program and are very happy to be here.”
The USC commitment comes on the heels of a three-year deal that was signed last month between the school and former NFL player Odell Beckham Jr.
The deal includes a one-year, $3.5 million signing bonus and $3 million in guaranteed money, per The Los Angeles Times.
The commitment is the second one of its kind for the Buckeyes in the last few months.
In January, former Notre Dame quarterback Shane Matthews signed a five-year contract with the Irish, making him the second-highest-paid player in college football history behind Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel.
The USC pledge will make Ohio the third Pac-12 program to commit to the Buckeye football program in the past two years.
The Pac-10 Conference has also added two new programs in the 2017 class.
The Trojans will enter the 2017 season ranked No. 11 in the latest AP poll.
The Buckeyes have won 11 of their last 12 games, including five straight to finish the season ranked in the top 10 in the AP poll before falling to No. 8 this past week.