Mar 01

The encore to USC’s 2017 recruiting class could be even better


By the end of the 2016 season, few programs would have chosen to take the field opposite USC, as the Trojans were one of the hottest teams in the country. That momentum carried over into signing day, as USC’s recruiting class climbed to No. 5 in the nation on the strength of adding six ESPN 300 prospects on signing day.

The Trojans’ train simply refuses to slow down, as USC is one of a few programs blitzing the 2018 recruiting trail. Already the Trojans hold five commitments from ESPN Jr. 300 prospects — as many as the rest of the Pac-12 combined.

The base was set early last year, when No. 3 pocket passer and No. 25 overall prospect, Matt Corral, announced his commitment in February of 2016. Corral is the top quarterback in a loaded group of California signal-callers, and he immediately became a vocal recruiter for the Trojans.

But USC’s momentum on the trail isn’t simply limited to which recruits are already a part of the class. Even losing a prospect as talented as wide receiver Manuel Allen, who decommitted from USC last week, could eventually turn into a positive, as the Trojans are heavily in the mix for No. 2 overall prospect Jalen Hall — a former teammate of 2017 USC signees Joseph Lewis and Greg Johnson — as well as Amon-Ra St. Brown, Chase Williams and Marquis Spiker. All four wide receivers ranked among the top nine overall California prospects.