With a worse-than-usual recruiting class, some fans and media have taken the angle that it is better to have three-star recruits because they will be more motivated than five-star recruits.
Here’s a question: If Clay Helton cannot develop a five star, how will he develop a three star?
How much more motivated have the three-star recruits been that USC got in the past? Keyshawn Young was a three-star wide receiver. He bounced between cornerback and wide receiver and hasn’t played much. Three four-star wide receivers (Randal Grimes, Josh Imatorbhebhe, Trevon Sidney) recently transferred out.
None of the four players developed no matter the star ranking.
You know why it hurts when USC doesn’t get a five star or more four stars? Because players often have to develop themselves at USC and it’s easier if you are JuJu Smith-Shuster, who had to overcome Helton too and really flourished once he got away from him.