Lincoln Riley As A Recruiter: It’s About The Transfers

We are more than a year into Lincoln Riley’s tenure at USC and one thing seems clear: He is a better recruiter of transfers than high school players.

This probably doesn’t surprise Oklahoma followers of Riley but he’s proven deft at acquiiring transfers.

Do you remember this quote from Riley regarding the transfer portal?

“Right now, it’s so open ended that it’s I think it’s difficult for players, difficult for coaches, difficult to build rosters,” Riley said.

Difficult to build rosters? Not for Riley.

He’s using the portal aggressively again this season. It’s funny how some USC fans whined on Signing Day that the Trojans can’t compete with Oregon on NIL deals but they are putting together an excellent transfer class. And these guys (transfers) are getting paid, no mistake about it. Dorian Singer wasn’t going to come to USC or anywhere else without compensation.

52 thoughts on “Lincoln Riley As A Recruiter: It’s About The Transfers

      1. You are one stupid bitch! And 1 player isn’t the reason your defense sucks as much balls as you do. That’s why you lost to Tulane which doesn’t have 1 player you’ve ever heard of. See what I did there? Of course you don’t because Gabby is a stupid little bitch!!!

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      2. U still name calling, huh Mutha Fucca ? Weak Ass Bitches name call.. 😂. And speaking of bitches, how’s your wife and her glorious Titties ? You dip shiiiit 😂

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      3. I don’t give a fuck what you do. You are a pathetic piece of shit that thinks he’s tough but all you do is get OWNED! So Cal is your daddy! You dumb CNN watching bitch!

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    1. “He can’t recruit high school or develop players other than QB’s. It’s just that simple.” Little did archaeologists know that the missing link was hiding out at Scott Wolf’s blog.

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    2. I agree with you, F*ck USC, Lincoln Riley is a weak recruiter. He’s not taking the Trojans anywhere near a national championship 😂😂.

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    3. Duuuuude- why do you spend your time on a SC blog- I mean, certainly there’s something better to do with your time- o wait- you Bruins have to live vicariously through our storied program and attempt- weakly, to ridicule the program. Your shallow attempts at trolling us are laughable- keep em coming- we love the laughs! It only proves our point more that the Bruins are insignificant.

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      1. Shut up bitch! Obviously you are too stupid to realize that not only am I not a UCLA fan. I have 0 respect for the west coast in general. I just think it’s funny that you think you matter at all in the world of college football. Understand the assignment before you speak.

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      2. Another keyboard-tough guy……toooo funnnny!

        Your sister wife needs a new tin of chewing tobacco, run along……little man!

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      3. All of Gabby comments are dumb and poorly thought out. That’s So Cal buries you every time 😂 go watch more CNN and regurgitate whatever they say. I am a million times tougher and smarter than you! Bitch.

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      4. How can I take you seriously when your grammar is pathetic!

        If you’re looking for attention try playing on the 405 freeway.

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      5. Listen FU- its clear you are from an impoverished part of our state or some dillweed from another state. You are no longer even worth the time spent typing. People like you hate the West because we live in paradise. Jealous – we get it. Sucks to have to live where you live I’m sure- probably some mobile home in the middle of a dust prairie hoping to shoot a squirrel for dinner. Go on FU, go catch your meal before it gets dark.

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  1. hi john,u iz so rite cuz it beter to taik a pirsun who aint dun a thing in colage fut bal yet and cud leeve in a yeer then sum wun who thay now wut he iz capeuhbull of doin and not likeully to transfur agian,smdh

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    1. Tell me about it, Ed, but this Wiley-guy lives up to his name
      and so far is doing quite well working the ‘slave’ Transfer markets
      but as they say over at the sucla law school, “The jury is out”

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    1. I think a lot of guys commit out of high school buying the bullshit the recruiters feed them. Transfers have heard it all before and have matured enough to see who is talking the real deal. Unless they are talking to Miami or TAMU, which is where all they see is the brinks trucks pulling up.

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  2. Not to belabor the point which is a habit frowned upon around here
    but that 2022 Trojan defense could be known as the “Fabulous-40”
    and “Yes, Virginia,” that squad set records SC prays will never be broken

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  3. “Stop the World I want to get off,”
    Scottie is at it again, spinning out SC-topics at a machine-gun clip
    If Wolf were a merry-go-round operator he would never let you get off

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    1. Ha! [You can always do what a kid did at La Cienega Rides back in the day —jump off]…
      #…UnfortunatelyItInvolvesBreakingALeg

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  4. Find these three guys in any high school in California, not happening. Hate to break it to you Wolf but Cali’s demographics have changed and so has the landscape of college football recruiting.

    Ethan White, 6-foot-5, 331-pounds, is projected to fill the massive hole left by All-American left guard Andrew Vorhees in the 2023 starting lineup: White started all 13 games at left guard for the Gators this past season and started seven games at left guard in 2021. Overall, White has 31 game appearances at the college level with 20 starts. He earned Associated Press second-team All-SEC in 2022 after not allowing a sack or a hit on the quarterback in his 377 pass-block snaps, according to Pro Football Focus

    Jarrett Kingston, 6-foot-5, 305-pounds, was a three-year starter for the Cougars at left guard and most recently left tackle. Kingston began his career at guard, starting 16 games between 2020 and 2021 at guard and one at left tackle. He started the 2022 season at left tackle before a season-ending ankle injury against Stanford on Nov. 5.

    The redshirt junior was rated among the top Pac-12 offensive linemen via Pro Football Focus and the top graded Washington State offensive lineman this season. PFF.com graded him as the nation’s No. 1 pass blocking guard back in 2020. USCFootball.com analyst Shotgun Spratling noted that Kingston did not allow a sack over 398 snaps this season via PFF.com

    Michael Tarquin, 6-foot-5, 320-pounds, played nine games this season for the Gators, starting eight at right tackle. He did not play Weeks 3-6 because of a foot injury he sustained in a Week 2 game against Kentucky. He started two games in 2021. Tarquin earned a solid 71.0 overall grade from Pro Football Focus, including a 76.4 pass-block grade this season. He did not allow a sack or a hit on the quarterback in 164 pass-block snaps.

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  5. Well, at least we get to seek revenge on the Ruins on our court this week!

    People can claim no one cares about basketball, if they like. But I enjoy beating the Ruins at ANYTHING, even badminton or checkers!

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    1. The bruins are crap at badminton, So Cal —my old girlfriend was a bruin and she never ever beat me at badminton [tennis was another story]…
      We’d play at midnight at Rancho Park in Cheviot Hills and teenagers would come out of the trees to ask if I were “Caesar” —the local drug dealer. Ah, those were the days.

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      1. Yeah, I know that area Michael a park with a huge playing area
        easy to isolate yourself for a quickie drug exchange I suppose
        Kids probably thought you were Caesar due to your persona having been largely shaped by rubbing elbows with criminals as you rubbed them out in Court–
        “Hey look at that young dude over there with the cute chick,
        he’s either a narc or our ‘drug-ark,’ let’s find out…”

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      2. Thank you, Sherriff John —loved you on “Lunch Brigade”!
        #”PutAnotherCandleOnYourBirthdayCake…”

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      3. MG, during school days, I remembered looking for “Shuttle Cocks” but no one understood me until I saw someone playing badminton and finally got to know that they called the shuttle – “Birdie”!

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    2. But football is best followed closely by basketball as if any Trojan cares sans the loyal 2500 or so in Galen Center for the ’roundball’ games

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  6. High school kids are fickle.Once the program gets rolling – and to some extent you know it already has, high school recruits will come.I’m sure that Cotton Bowl loss will be exploited by the competition but this years’ team is gonna be good with plenty of new believers to follow. #MomentumTakesTime

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  7. Think about this a little deeper. The programs like Miami that are promising bags of money to high school recruits are getting great high school classes. USC conducts a more legitimate NIL, which is based on player profile. So the NIL money for starters and for talent athletes at USC is more competitive than the money for a high school offensive tackle in his freshman year.

    Transfers are also more focused on getting maximum exposure before they enter the NFL draft, and USC provides that, particularly with Caleb returning and a chance at the CFP.

    And alot of the recruiting comes down to position coaches, not Riley.

    I do think that NIL is a major reason why we missed on some top high school o-line recruits this year.

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    1. True. We’re not doing as well on defense cuz the Grinch side of the staff isn’t exactly what you’d call a selling point…
      #Hopefully,OneWayOrAnother,That’llChange

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      1. Portal ‘D’ players are real good…more to come after spring ball…ready to play and tackling will look very good next season

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  8. “You know the best things in life are free
    but you can give them to the birds and bees
    Just give me money
    Money ain’t everything it’s true
    but what it don’t buy I can’t use”
    -Just give me money, honey, that’s what I want
    Money, money, money– for my very own honey

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  9. Who just wrote that Wolf’s Friday postings and MG’s comments are 90% of the value of Wolf’ blog, not quite true Sheriff John, the official straw-vote had them at 89.356789%

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  10. I just re watched the cotton bowl 4th quarter. Just as I suspected. 1) Defense was atrocious. Players out of position, once again in nickel with man across the board playing a slot receiver outside/in with no safety help is what got tulane their second to last touchdown. We are taught in JR high that with no safety help you force the inside receivers or any for that matter to the outside. Tackling abysmal. Sitting and catching on the heals, not committing, trying to strip as the first defender in. All well known no no’s. 2) Special teams no plan, no organization, no fundamentals. Average tulane starting position 37 yard line. Short kicks in crucial moments, let the ball go into the end zone. It would have landed on the 1 with all the momentum. Punts check back from time to time not kickoffs, the ball either goes in the end zone or OB which puts it on the 25 or 35 most likely game over. 3) Line can’t block in the clutch (as we know in their highly touted pass blocking stats, CB always under duress but was totally elusive) so they should get no credit for that rank. On the previous play and the safty, 3 rushed and the D ends feathered and pulled back. So against a 3 man front they lost a half yard then got stuffed 2 yards deep in the end zone. It was an embarrassment on all fronts. Look, nice win for tulane but i usually don’t say this, they were gifted the win. If you were trying to give this game away, you couldn’t do it as easy as usc did.

    While this is on the head coach and his ultimate responsibility for the program and unwillingness to have a Special teams coordinator in place (legitimatly 1/3 of a football game due to the momentum it can create or loose) and hold friends in responsible positions accountable and not really care about the other side of the ball. Why are offensive gurus, especially from the air raid tree so arrogant that they don’t need defense, they think they can just out score everyone. Funny thing is one of the greatest offensive minds in recent college football, Joe Brady, was a defensive assistant and analist in his first 4 jobs. Only got the job at LSU because he came in to an info session that LSU invited the Saints staff to to pick their brains. He blew them away because he mastered the offense (pass and run) and how it fits into how all 3 branches work together to help each other out. (O,D,ST). That won him a title.

    The whole picture moving forward will rest soley on Mike Bohn’s shoulders. It was his job in the first week of january to demand changes made on the defensive side of the ball and some one to be in charge of ST. If he is scared of his new head coach resistance, he needs to remind him that he brought him here and paid him handsomely to lead and not just score points. Get a spine mike and Lead. You let a golden opportunity slip by to pick up Jim Leonard who was available by circumstance only and without having to buy his contract out to get him here. To me that’s a Bohnheaded move, or lack there of. As far as ST goes, pull one of the 3 receivers coaches and hire a ST coordinator.

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    1. I like it, especially the part about one of my favorite SC characters,
      Bon-Bon being such a “Bohnhead’ except I cannot foresee he ever being able to tell Wiley how to run the Trojan football team

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  11. Already bashing the new coach huh Wolfie? He’s only been here a year and has taken the team from 4-8 to a conference contender and #8 ranking but here you are finding fault. How long was it before you started calling Pete Carroll Ceasar? If Jesus Christ showed up no doubt you would find fault.

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  12. I would have to imagine that one thing is certain. Riley knows more about defense than most all of us put together. It’s how he beats them.

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