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A touch of what those new Trojan signees will be expecting. Photo courtesy of sbnation.com
USC TROJAN FOOTBALL – CLASS OF 2017
Number of signees: 25
Number of four and five stars: 16
ESPN – 5
Scout – 5
Rivals – 6
247 Sports – 4
Bleacher Report – 4
Just a sampling of the atmosphere at the Coliseum that the new USC players will be experiencing on a regular basis come next fall.
LIST OF NEW TROJANS (Four and Five-Star)
(NOTE: ** = 5-star, + = already enrolled)
Bubba Bolden, DB – 6’3″, 190 lbs, Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman HS
Stephen Carr, RB – 6’0″, 201 lbs, Fontana Summit HS ** (#1 Recruit)
Hunter Echlols, LB/DL – 6’5″, 240 lbs, Los Angeles Cathedral HS
Julaino Falaniko, LB – 6’4″, 235 lbs, Pago Pago Leon HS, American Samoa
Josh Falo, TE – 6’6″, 235 lbs, Sacramento Inderkum HS
Austin Jackson, OL – 6’6″, 290 lbs, Phoenix (AZ) North Canyon HS **
Greg Johnson, ATH – 5’11”, 195 lbs, Los Angeles Hawkins HS
Levi Jones, LB – 6’3″, 220 lbs, Austin (TX) Westlake HS
Tayler Katoa, LB – 6’2″, 220 lbs, Layton (UT) HS +
Jalen McKenzie, OL – 6’5″, 305 lbs, Concord Clayton HS
Brett Neilon, OL – 6’2″, 295 lbs, Santa Margarita HS
Isaiah Pola-Mao, S – 6’4″, 200 lbs, Phoenix (AZ) Mountain Pointe HS
Jack Sears, QB – 6’3″, 195 lbs, San Clemente HS +
Jay Tufele, DL – 6’3″, 295 lbs, Salt Lake City (UT) Bingham HS **
Marion Tuipulotu, DL – 6’3″, 295 lbs, Independence (OR) Central HS +
Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL – 6’4″, 300 lbs, Oakland Bishop O’Dowd HS
USC coach Clay Helton (second from left), Athletic Director Lynn Swann (far left) among those celebrating the recent Rose Bowl win. Photo courtesy of fansided.com
A FEW THOUGHTS…
What did they say about the rich getting richer?
And about success breeding success?
When you have a football program that has been an elite one chock full of traditions and glory for roughly nine decades,
Combined with going on a nine-game winning streak that is highlighted by a Rose Bowl win for the ages, coming back from ten points down late in the fourth quarter to beat a top five Big Ten Champion no less,
And a fan base and boosters where football means absolutely everything,
Then getting a recruiting class in which 16 of the 25 players who signed with you are either four or five stars – which includes the number one running back in the country – shouldn’t be any surprise as everyone that coach Clay Helton and his staff targeted officially became Trojans yesterday.
With a class like this one, while I won’t predict that these Trojans will win a national championship within the next five years,
I will predict that they will be extremely strong contenders for one.
And that they will have an excellent chance to be in the College Football Playoff.
That is, if things are done right and no disasters such as injuries or scandals get in the way.
Along with big heads as these high school studs will hopefully remember that once they step onto Howard Jones Field on campus for fall practice, all the love and accolades that they received within this past year will mean…
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which will be home to the 25 new USC players for the next four (or three) years. Photo courtesy of sportsbookreview.com