USC Morning Buzz: A Commitment From A . . . Three-Star Lineman

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 MosebarBruce MatthewsRoy FosterKeith Van Horne). And center Allen Pugh was honorable mention all conference.

51 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: A Commitment From A . . . Three-Star Lineman

    1. Lincoln Riley can recruit all the 4 &5 star skilled players that he wants, but they still won’t dominate any games until his teams have the ability to control the line of scrimmage. This type of recruiting resembles Clay Helton’s blueprint, the difference being leadership skills between the coaches. USC can probably get away with the lousy recruiting of linemen because the PAC 12 is the worst conferences of the power five. And there’s a reason why Oklahoma never advanced in the playoffs under Riley, it’s because he didn’t put an emphasis on offensive linemen there either.

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      1. Whatever.
        Coach Riley is gonna kick UCLA’s ass real, real bad….
        #..SoBadThatChipWillBeGivenHisFreedom…
        #…ToRetire,MoveBackToOregon…
        #….AndChooseANewGender

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      2. hay,ol’peenus breth iz back,probaly wuz to bizzy meating all his muthurs new boyfrends to comint heer,hi ol’peenus breth,

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    2. Lincoln Riley can recruit all the 4 &5 star skilled players that he wants, but they still won’t dominate any games until his teams have the ability to control the line of scrimmage. This type of recruiting resembles Clay Helton’s blueprint, the difference being leadership skills between the coaches. USC can probably get away with the lousy recruiting of linemen because the PAC 12 is the worst conferences of the power five. And there’s a reason why Oklahoma never advanced in the playoffs under Riley, it’s because he didn’t put an emphasis on offensive linemen there either.

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  1. THIS IS NOT GOOD NEWS. SHIT. WE NEED THE LINESMEN DAMMIT. IM PISSED. CANT SLEEP NOW—————-////——————-// WHEN IM TIRED AND I CANT SLEEP ———-I COUNT MY BLESSINGS INSTEAD OFSHEEP

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    1. More bad news for you George. Your girl is getting canceled:

      “Amber Heard is being cut out of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (aka Aquaman 2) and her role of Mera will be recast, sources exclusively tell JustJared.com.

      The 36-year-old actress’ role in the film, which stars Jason Momoa in the title role, came heavily into question during her involvement in the six-week long defamation trial brought against her by her ex husband Johnny Depp.”

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    1. Yes. And winning the Pac 12 and the Rose Bowl. Success begets success.
      #…AndNoMatterHowSuccessfulWeAreIn2022….
      #…..WeProbablyShouldGetABiggerNameO-LineCoachIn2023…

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    2. Tim,

      To do it right SC needs linemen in place with 2 to 3 years with experience so you can develop the future. That is what I like about Houck. He developed linemen. SC needs four to five star recruits that can start in 2023.

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  2. Greetings sports fans, well the curry and his 3 point mania ! well 2 points is better than 3 many timres or in this case 0 points 0 for 9 ? that was a defense , rebounding sort of contest last evening ?? Regards , E

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  3. Tobias Raymond is 6’7″ and weighs 250. Plenty of room to add bulk. 247 has film on him. He looks very athletic. Maybe Henson thinks we can develop him into something special. Hope so. Even if he never cracks the starting line-up, we need depth and I can’t criticize the decision to offer him. Now go out and get a few 5 stars.

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  4. ugh,thay shuold let pollitishuns deside wut scool theese poeple go to so itz fare fir evry one,thay iz all reddy smartier then evry one els cuz thay r in polliticks,seams like leting poeple maik theese decishuns iz onley gunna leed to cheeting and not beeying fare,if we let the pollitishuns maik the decishuns then it will be fare fir evry one,i think r graytist vise preznint evir shuold get to deside cuz she is so nice and can all reddy ree late to the poeple so good,

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    1. Personal Note to Ed. G,
      You have mastered derision. More truth is contained in your mocking posts than can be found in all major American newspapers combined…
      #Ed:TheShortFormAlternativeToMassMedia

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  5. Tiresome to repeat myself myself…

    I haven’t watched Okie FB since USC pants them in the Natty Game about 20 years ago, but if I look at the NFL draft for 2022, all that I see are defenders and linemen drafted. So, Grinch and Henson obviously can recruit and develop talent.

    I don’t see 2022 as “THE” year, but 2023 should be the year we expect USC to return to national prominence.

    As Archie Bunker was known to say,
    “Dingbat, patience is a virgin.”

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    1. I guess Henson Texas AM had an O lineman go #15 in this year’s NFL draft.

      But heck, Helton and his crew have had several O-linemen drafted in the early rounds by the NFL over the last few years….

      Irrespective, USC’s O line will be fine in 2022

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  6. In other news, Clay Helton is off to a fast start in Georgia. USC looks forward to playing against him in the college playoffs this year.

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    1. All human beings are projects, Lateral. We are all works in progress. This is why we need love and support. And laughter. And the joy of being ….oh, fuck, I can’t…. it’s making me sick to my stomach….how can Pelosi make herself talk this way 24/7 without throwing up?

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      1. Yet another thing that amuses me, MG, is all the people who claim “There was no election fraud; The courts said so”. Many of those same people will call a certain former USC running back a murderer, even though the courts said HE WASN’T!

        Funny how they change the rules, when they don’t fit their narrative.

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      2. NO Federal court has reviewed the evidence of fraud (way too much work for America’s modern, lazy federal judiciary) —they’ve kicked cases on the basis of lack of standing, lack of case or controversy and/or laches.
        [btw, 2 lower state courts held evidentiary hearings, examined evidence, found fraud and ruled in favor of the plaintiffs]…..

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      3. the tape shows him to be a road grader vs opposition…of course I do not know much about the opposition, but SC does.

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      1. I know that he’s not playing any time soon at the weight he currently is and that we don’t know if he can put on the needed weight and still play at a high level. Ya right.

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  7. I have to give LR the vote of confidence on this commit. What he sees in this player is probably based on his and Hensons knowledge and ability to see potential in players. No problem with it at all, some on here are much smarter than Riley, but when it comes to football I have to bow to his superiority. Even Wolf is wrong sometimes and this is one of them.

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  8. Sometimes the stuff that shows up here is downright embarrassing
    Present post not included

    Two* high schoolers
    Khalil Mack, OLB
    David Johnson, RB
    Shaquil Barrett, DE
    Darious Williams, CB
    Jimmy Garoppolo, QB
    Aqib Talib, CB
    Hunter Renfrow, WR
    Tarik Cohen, RB
    Carson Wentz, QB
    T.Y. Hilton, WR
    Cooper Kupp, WR
    J.J. Watt, DE
    Josh Allen, OLB
    Jason Kelce, C
    Clay Matthews, OLB —– hey Lookie there
    Bobby Wagner, LB

    One* high schooler.
    Aaron Rodgers — never heard of him

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  9. Top 100 NFL players

    Top 5 we’re 3*

    1. Lamar Jackson, Ravens QB.
    2. Russell Wilson, Seahawks QB.
    3. Aaron Donald, Rams DE.
    4. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs QB.
    5. Michael Thomas, Saints WR

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    1. CAL75,
      Are those Current Top 100 NFL players? If they are all time, then the list is a problem. You have Jim Brown, Dick Butkus, Walter Payton, Jerry Rice, But I will give Tom Brady the qb position.

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      1. PT
        There is an NFL program on the network called,
        Top 100 NFL players( or close to that) for each year.
        I just looked at the top ten. On that list of 3*, Rodgers didn’t show up because he was a no star.
        I consolidated a bit to make a point.

        Re me: huge problem is the health care system. It’s corporate health care and I’ma notta liking it. I need to be included in the decision and that’s like trying to tackle OJ. I guess we’ll see. Everyday brings new things.

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      2. Tom Brady was begging to come to SC. He made 4 unofficial trips to SC. Mike Riley(the OC at that time) was begging John Robinson to give him a scholarship. JR refused. Said he would never make it at the college level. So he went to Michigan. Instead, JR gave out 2 scholarships to 2 QB’s who turned out to be busts.

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  10. A guy like Raymond would be fine if you already had a couple of 300-pound 4-stars who can step in right away. Lovelace 1-yr HS, 1-yr JC. No other HS interior OL or DL 2022 or 2023 recruits. Shaun Nua not showing much either.

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    1. It looks like Grant Buckey is about to commit to SC. He’s only a 3 star D-Lineman but watch his films. He’s hard to block. He’s got the power to bull rush and he’s got the quickness to go around you. He seems to get in the offensive backfield on every play and he disrupts plays even if he doesn’t make the tackle. He gets into the backfield and destroys the timing of the play.

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      1. Hope you’re right about this one. Only time will tell.

        Just over two months to go! Biden is so incredibly bad I’m almost starting to feel sorry for him and anyone who voted for him.

        Might have to actually start posting about Trojan football. Ya figure gas will be about $8 a gallon come September? LOL

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  11. I don’t feel sorry for Biden or anyone who voted for him. I feel sorry for the Trump voters. If you voted for Biden, you’re getting what you deserve. You made your bed….now shut up and sleep init.

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