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The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, home to the USC Football since 1923 and where this new class of just signed Trojans will be playing for the next four years (or three if they are successful enough to decide to go pro early). Photo courtesy of imgarcade.com

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TROJANS – 2016 RECRUITING CLASS BY THE NUMBERS

National Class Rankings:

Rivals.com – 7th

247Sports.com – 8th

ESPN.com and Scout.com – 11th

 

Star Rankings:

Five-star players – 4

Four-star players – 10

 

List of four and five-star signees (**= 5-star, *= 4-star):

** Oluwole Betiku, DL – Gardena Serra HS,

** Jack Jones, DB – Long Beach Poly HS

** Michael Pittman Jr, WR – Oaks Christian HS,

** Tyler Vaughns, WR – Bishop Amat HS

* Cary Angeline, TE – Dowington East HS, Chester Springs, PA

* Jamel Cook, DB –  Miami Central HS, Miami, FL

* Josh Imatorbhebhe, WR – North Gwinett HS, Suwanee, GA

* Vavae Malepeai, RB – Milililani HS, Aiea, HI

* Frank Martin II, OL – Mater Dei HS

* Connor Murphy, DL – Brophy Prep, Mesa, AZ

* C.J. Pollard, DB – Gardena Serra HS

* E.J. Price, OL – Archer HS, Dacula, GA

* Trevon Sidney, WR – Bishop Amat HS

* Nathan Smith, OL – Murrieta Mesa HS

 

Total number of players signed:  20

 

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What the USC newbies can look forward to for the next few seasons – huge crowds of students cheering them on at the Coliseum. Photo courtesy of employees.usc.edu

A Few Thoughts:

To be honest, there’s not that much to say as this Trojan program has gotten top recruiting classes for as long as it has been a program.

And this year is no exception as coach Clay Helton and his staff did very well their first time around, being a new coaching crew and all, in signing a class ranked no lower than 11th depending on what source you go by.

Then again, USC is one of a handful of programs in the country – along with other football kingdoms like Ohio State, Michigan, Texas, longtime rival Notre Dame, and a school that won its 16th national championship a month ago, is in the midst of a dynasty that has seen them take its 4th national title in seven years, and who will be the Trojans’ first opponent on September 3rd at AT&T Stadium in Dallas (better known as Jerry Jones’ house): the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide,

That people can safely say recruits itself.

Especially considering that the sanctions imposed in 2010 are completely over, and have been for a while, allowing ‘SC to sign a full class.

So the news that these Trojans had signed another crop of stellar newbies, many of whom are quite capable of contributing right away and will be looking to earn playing time this spring and summer, invokes no surprise in me.

It only reinforces the conviction by many pundits of them as the favorites in the Pac-12 South this fall.

As for these freshmen-to-be, now that the extravagant announcements and the fawning and the back-patting have been done, the best thing for them to keep in mind is this:

When you first step onto Howard Jones Field on campus this spring and summer, act like a no-star walk-on trying to make the team rather than a four or five-star; it’s the quickest way you will get respect.

Because when it comes down to it, those star rankings mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WHATSOEVER.

It goes without saying that I wish those new Trojans the best of luck.

 

 

the Colorado Buffaloes the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The USC Trojans preparing to take the field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) Photo courtesy of rantsports.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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