A few final thoughts on USC’s recruiting class:
USC was ranked No. 8 nationally. That’s much better than the previous two years. And it’s not special by USC standards, despite the fan/media gushing.
Remember the Class of 2014? Lane Kiffin got fired, Ed Orgeron offered a lot of players because he was worried USC would end up with not enough recruits to fill a class and Steve Sarkisian parachuted in at the end? That class, with all the turmoil, was ranked No. 13 by Rivals.
But move up 5 spots and Donte Williams is hailed as a miracle worker.
In 2015, USC was ranked No. 1. No one will remember that in the next 12 months because it was a whole six years ago.
- Is it Williams’ job to recruit elite offensive linemen too?
USC clearly lacks the ability to sign the best offensive linemen and it’s probably an area Williams is not used to recruiting. The easy thing is to blame it all on former offensive line coach Tim Drevno.
I suspect another factor is the Air Raid offense. How does that prepare a lineman for the NFL? I can imagine other colleges point this out too. USC couldn’t beat out Stanford for offensive tackle Austin Uke on Wednesday. And Uke is from Texas, like all the USC coaches.
This shortcoming is really going to hurt USC the next 2-3 years as the offensive line continues to be an Achilles’ heel and some indifferent recruits are forced to play.
- Lost amid the USC hype is that Oregon’s class was No. 3. So the Ducks didn’t fall apart with Williams’ departure, as some predicted.
- I wonder if some USC coaches feel slighted in getting credit for some recruits? Who did Todd Orlando get? A year ago I would have guessed Vic So’oto would make more impact in recruiting. But he didn’t even benefit from Foreman’s signing because that was attributed to Williams.
- Is USC drowning?