One trick Clay Helton has pulled the past 5-6 years is getting early commitments and then dropping the recruit later.
It creates early buzz and also acts as an insurance policy if better players don’t want to commit later.
I’m not saying he is doing that now but whenever I see three stars commit, I feel like that is in that back of USC’s mind.
But two years ago, he took six offensive linemen and five were three stars.
So maybe Helton isn’t playing any masterful mind game and simply taking whatever linemen are interested right now.
Like clockwork, of course, as soon as USC gets a three-star, there are stories popping up about five-star (or four-star depending on the rankings) offensive lineman Josh Conerly of Rainier Beach, Wash., considering the Trojans. Whether he is four-or-five stars, USC needs a guy like that, provided he is willing to play in an Air Raid offense.