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USC Football: Source denies Bear Alexander's alleged exit from the transfer portal

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The LA Football Network previously wrote that sources reported that Keithian “Bear” Alexander was expected to leave USC Football via the transfer portal once the new term began on April 15.

Shortly after publication, a senior source in the USC football program refuted the claim with the simple statement: “Bear isn't going anywhere.”

Based on the previous reports of Bear Alexander's departure to the transfer portal, the USC Trojans will still have an uphill battle ahead before the portal officially opens on the 15th. But one thing is clear: Bear makes the defense better and his presence is crucial to quickly turning the defense around for the 2024 season.

*We will continue to update this story as we learn more.

Bear Alexander is staying with USC football, per source

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In 2023, a 6'3″, 300 pound defensive tackle recorded 32 pressures, three sacks and 28 run stops per PFF. He was one of three defensive linemen to play in all 13 games for the Trojans and played more than twice as many snaps as the next highest snap-getter.

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The other returning members from last season are Elijah Hughes and Kobe Pepe. They added Isaiah Raikes from Texas A&M and Nate Clifton from Vanderbilt to the defensive line during the last transfer portal period.

Redshirt freshman Deijon Laffitte and true freshmen Kaylon Miller and Jide Abasiri round out the depth at the position currently on the roster.

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4-star WR committed to USC football and impressive air and ground weapons