Freshman defensive tackle Jay Toia has entered the NCAA transfer portal after being labeled one of the breakout stars of spring practice.
I considered Toia a starter at defensive tackle and now another freshman, Jamar Sekona, could be starting at the spot. Remember that veteran Brandon Pili tore his Achillles’ during spring practice, so who knows what he can do this fall. And 24-year-old Caleb Tremblay recently transferred to Tennessee.
There’s also Alabama-transfer Ishmael Sopsher, who missed spring practice after having surgery for compartment syndrome.
At best, depth takes a hit. At worst, USC loses a key player.
Now let’s talk about defensive line coach Vic So’oto. There’s been a lot of hype about him so far. And little return, even in recruiting.
Some will mention Korey Foreman but that was a Donte Williams production. I say this because some people keep plugging the staff hires of the past two years but I don’t see much improvement. Certainly not enough to become a national contender again.