Brandon Judd
Troy Warner, right, waits for the Cougar Walk before BYU's game against Boise State on Sat., Sept. 12, 2015. Warner, a four-star safety recruit, committed to play for BYU in September, then reaffirmed his commitment on Thursday after taking a hard look at USC.

Four-star safety prospect Troy Warner delivered a gift to BYU football staff on Christmas Eve, reaffirming his commitment to play for the Cougars on Thursday.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Warner had previously committed to BYU in September during an on-campus visit. Recently, though, he had entertained an offer from USC, visiting the school almost two weeks ago, and announced he would choose between the Cougars and Trojans to play at the next level.

Warner, ranked the No. 291 overall prospect in the 2016 recruiting class by Scout, is the younger brother of BYU sophomore linebacker Fred Warner. He originally committed to play at Oregon, but soon after re-opening his recruitment, Troy Warner made his visit to Provo and committed to play at BYU.

The Warner news came one day after the Cougars signed four-star defensive tackle Handsome Tanielu of Snow College, once a Utah commit.

Warner said he’s already spoken with Kalani Sitake, who was introduced as BYU’s new football coach on Monday.

“I know him already from when he was at Oregon State," Warner told USCFootball.com. "We met last spring and I like him, he's a good coach and will do a good job."

Warner will be playing in the Semper Fidelis All-American Game on Jan. 3, 2016, at 7 p.m. MST at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

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