With five-star cornerback Chris Steele officially decommitting this week, it makes something painfully obvious: At the moment, USC has 15 commitments but this is hardly a marquee recruiting class.
The class is currently ranked No. 26 by Rivals. Eight of the 15 commits are three-stars.
There are only two defensive backs: Max Williams of Serra tore his ACL earlier this season and Trey Davis of Federal Way, Wash., was not offered by Washington despite living 23 miles from Seattle.
USC loses Iman Marshall, Ajene Harris and Isaiah Langley after this season. No matter what you think of them, they need to be replaced. And so do safety Marvell Tell and safety Bubba Bolden. But USC has not received a commitment from a safety despite bringing only three safeties back next season.
Naturally, USC has commitment from three wide receivers for next season and could get at least two more. Priorities!!
- Steele is an interesting case. He suddenly went from being USC’s No. 1-ranked recruit and enthusiastic recruiter of other prospects to decommiting. Depending on who you believe, he was either dropped by USC or wanted to get away from home. I find the latter theory implausible.
- Mater Dei wide receiver Bru McCoy has not been shy to let it be known he will eventually commit to USC. There are rumors lately he is looking hard at Texas.
- USC inflated the attendance figure for the Colorado game to 57,615. That was still the smallest crowd for a USC-Colorado game at the Coliseum since 1964.
- Two players wore No. 1 at USC last season: Joseph Lewis and Jack Jones. Lewis was sentenced to one year after prosecutors accused him of punching, strangling and scratching his girlfriend while Jones has been sentenced to 90 days for breaking into a Panda Express.
- Maybe USC receivers are running into each other during games because they have a quarterback coaching them? Just like an offensive line coach is coaching the running backs.
- For much of former USC coach John McKay’s career, freshmen were ineligible and the Trojans had a freshman team.
“Never have a head freshman coach,” McKay would say. “He will go undefeated and think he should be the next coach.”
- Have you found a place to watch the USC-Utah game that has the Pac-12 Network?