I’m sure I will be the only one to say this but if a year ago, when Lincoln Riley was hired, someone said, “Are you happy USC has the 13th-ranked recruiting class by Rivals for the Class of 2023” would you be thrilled?
Go back and read your own comments 12 months ago before you try here to argue that you wouldn’t be disappointed. Read the fanboy media, who are still trying to spin this as a huge day.
To be clear: USC helped itself with this recruiting class, especially at QB, WR and LB. The offensive line depth will also improve quite a bit. And USC is going to be noticeably better at some spots through the transfer portal. These days, you need to combine the transfer portal and recruiting rankings to get a true sense of a team’s improvement.
But don’t pretend like you didn’t think USC would pull off a top 5 class once Riley had a year under his belt. Clay Helton had the No. 3-ranked recruiting class in 2018.
USC had a good Signing Day. But the expectations were higher. USC should be able to sign a Top 15 class in its sleep, especially with Riley.
Note: USC is ranked No. 15 by 247.
Look at the picture above. It includes Ronnie Lott and Dennis Smith. Two safeties in the same class. Not to mention cornerback Larry Braziel. That’s special.