USC received a commitment Monday night from offensive tackle Tobias Raymond of Ventura High School. He is a Class of 2023 prospect.
If you don’t like the three-star ranking from 247Sports, Rivals gives Raymond zero stars. He held offers from Arizona, Cal, Colorado State, Nevada, Oregon State, San Diego State, Washington State and Fresno State.
Now maybe Lincoln Riley considers Raymond a hidden gem who will develop into a player.
But be honest, this isn’t what you expected from Riley when it came to offensive line recruiting. USC can’t be in the on-the-job-training business for a position in dire need of talent.
It needs some five-star prospects. Yes, five-stars. Stars matter. It’s all well-and-good to sign quarterbacks and running backs and wide receivers. But if you want to play Alabama or Georgia in the College Football Playoff, you better get some linemen.
So far, Riley isn’t earning his $10 million from offensive line recruiting. Granted, it’s early. But things need to change.
Look at this and weep:
The 1980 offensive line had four All-Americans (Don Mosebar, Bruce Matthews, Roy Foster, Keith Van Horne). And center Allen Pugh was honorable mention all conference.