You already know USC’s recruiting class is not up to the usual standards but the Trojans still have around 10 open slots to land some prospects.
But don’t take my word for it. Here is what Mike Farrell, the national recruiting director for Rivals, said in an article on the early signing day:
“The Trojans are ranked outside the national top 25 and have an embarrassing (for them) 3.19 star average for their 16 commitments. Usually there are a ton of five-stars just waiting until the end of the process to choose the Trojans but this year that isn’t the case aside from Bru McCoy. This could be one of the worst recruiting years for USC inhistory.”
This is pretty consistent with what other analysts think but usually won’t say in public.
There are already plenty of excuses being piled up by some fans and stuck-in-a-time-warp pundits who no longer have sources or relevance:
- They say five-star prospect Kayvon Thibodeaux had baggage and USC did not want him.
- They say it is better to have hungry three stars than four-or-five stars. Read this to dispel that theory. These people also forget USC’s coaching staff does not develop anyone.
- They say to trust the coaches who are offering players being recruited by Utah State and New Mexico State. Uh, sure, this coaching staff cannot develop good talent and it will do better with average-to-mediocre talent? Who wants a recruit that Alabama is recruiting? Nick Saban knows nothing!