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USC To Offer Athletes 4-Year Scholarships In Revenue Sports, 5-Star CB Iman Marshall Tweets That It's A "Gamechanger"

USC announced a major move within its athletic department today: its three revenue sports -- football, men's basketball and women's basketball -- will begin offering four year scholarships for athletes instead of renewable one year scholarships. Essentially, this means that once a player commits to the school, they have a scholarship all four years rather than a one year deal that gets renewed or taken away at the end of the year. In a press release put out by the school, athletic director Pat Haden said, "In taking this action, USC hopes to help lead the effort to refocus on student-athlete welfare on and off the field."

If you're a recruit looking at USC, this is a huge piece of news that can have a major impact on your decision to commit to a school. Iman Marshall, a five-star cornerback recruit in the class of 2015, took to Twitter after the news was announced today to express his approval of this move.

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Marshall has a good point here: USC doing this is an incredibly smart move, especially in regards to recruiting. Now, if you're an athlete with a four year scholarship, you don't need to worry about something happening that could lead to your scholarship not getting renewed after the season ends. If you're a recruit, this may make USC a more appealing destination than it is right now.