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USC loses four-star recruit amid FBI investigation

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RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 17: Head coach Andy Enfield of the USC Trojans shouts in the first half against the Providence Friars during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 17, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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USC lost a commitment from a four-star prospect on Friday as Class of 2018 forward J’Raan Brooks announced that he’s opening up his recruitment.

Regarded as the No. 70 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to Rivals, Brooks is de-committing as the FBI’s investigation into college basketball corruption centers in-part on Trojan assistant coach Tony Bland. Among 10 people indicted by federal authorities on fraud and corruption charges, Bland’s arrest could hurt USC in recruiting.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances stemming from the recent news that has come to light in regards to the Trojan basketball program - I have decided to reopen my commitment to examine other options,” Brooks said on Twitter.

A 6-foot-8 native of Seattle, Brooks will likely become a hot name on the West Coast as he should have plenty of options to choose from.

USC still has two verbals from two four-star prospects in the Class of 2018 as forward Taeshon Cherry and guard Kevin Porter remain committed.