Lincoln Riley: “I still feel deep down a majority of the players from around here” want to play at USC. But “USC has to give them a reason to follow through with that.”
Riley said talking to Caleb Williams after he entered transfer portal was like talking to a “long, lost friend.”
“We want to add as many good players as we can. We want to build this roster as much as we can. Caleb fits the bill like a lot of these players do where we feel like they can come in and upgrade the roster.”
On transfer portal: “There’s not any position we wouldn’t consider right now. We’re open for business on all accounts.”
Riley: “We have a lot more answers than we have holes right now, but we know there’s going to be another surge of players in the portal after spring camp.”
“You don’t bring in a staff like this and set the bar low. The bar should never be low at USC.”
Lincoln Riley says “a lot of this roster is going to turnover.”
Riley said he will not “compromise speed” while signing players. Riley said he wants “explosive . . . reckless” defensive line that will make an impact.
Riley said he and the coaches had to decide on whether to sign 20 players but they decided it would be better to wait and be choosy over who to sign.
Riley wearing his favorite “cardinal and white” Oklahoma-lookalike pullover.
USC coach Lincoln Riley is holding a Signing Day press conference and we will be live blogging it starting around 10:30 a.m. You can watch it here.
Riley was on ESPN this morning and emphasized that he is trying to bolster the defense on through the transfer portal.