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USC adds former Oklahoma tight end

The Trojans football program got news of two additions on Monday night, one that will benefit the team immediately for the 2015 season and one that will have to wait a couple years before arriving on campus.

For the more instant impact, it was announced via Twitter that former Oklahoma tight end Taylor McNamara had graduated in three years and was planning to transfer to USC with the ability to play right away as a graduate transfer.

McNamara (6-foot-5, 245) was a four-star recruit and the No. 9 ranked tight end in the nation by ESPN coming out of San Diego (Calif.) Westview in the class of 2012 and he chose the Sooners over offers from USC, UCLA, Ohio State, Florida State and others. His career at Oklahoma ended with one catch for 4 yards, and appearances in 11 games.

The fact that McNamara will be available in the fall for the Trojans is good timing with the uncertain status of expected starter Bryce Dixon, the sophomore who is not with the team this spring due to student conduct issues. USC is currently practicing with only one scholarship tight end in Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (who missed the 2014 season due to academic suspension) and walk-on Connor Spears.

There will be a pair of freshman tight ends arriving in the fall, Under Armour All-American Tyler Petite and walk-on Caleb Wilson, the son of USC D-line coach Chris Wilson.

USC also received a verbal commitment from class of 2017 running back Stephen Carr from Fontana (Calif.) Summit. Carr (6-foot, 194) was offered a scholarship by the Trojans earlier this month and made it known right away that the USC offer was a big one and there was little surprise when he made the commitment over additional offers from UCLA, Washington and Colorado.

It looks to be a solid year for running backs in the state for 2017 as the Trojans also have offers out to Greg Johnson, Najee Harris and Nathan Tilford.