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Idaho native named one of Top 100 players in college football

USC defensive end/outside linebacker Porter Gustin chases Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate on Oct. 15 in Tucson, Ariz.
USC defensive end/outside linebacker Porter Gustin chases Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate on Oct. 15 in Tucson, Ariz. The Associated Press

Sports Illustrated revealed its list of the Top 100 college football players last week, and former Emmett High product Porter Gustin came in at No. 96.

The USC junior defensive end/outside linebacker recorded 13 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks last season for the Trojans.

“Now a junior, the former four-star recruit is ready to become a national star,” Sports Illustrated’s Colin Becht wrote. “Gustin has already demonstrated he can thrive against elite competition, blowing up Washington’s pass protection for two sacks last season. As defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast enters his second season back at USC, he knows what he has to work with at outside linebacker. Opposing Pac-12 QBs had better learn, too.”

The 6-5, 260-pound Gustin attended Emmett as a freshman and sophomore, playing football, basketball and baseball. He was a 4A SIC honorable mention pick as a linebacker as a sophomore.

He moved to Utah as a junior and played for Salem Hills High after his father, John, was not retained as Emmett’s boys basketball coach two months after being named the 4A SIC coach of the year.

Sports Illustrated isn’t the only national publication high on Gustin. CBS Sports conducted a 2018 NFL mock draft and had Gustin going as a first-round pick (32nd overall) to the New England Patriots.

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama

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