USC’s heralded recruiting class compelled ESPN to move up the Trojans in its latest way-too-early Top 25.
The Trojans slid up one spot to No. 17 in ESPN’s post-National Signing Day Top 25 after being ranked No. 18 previously. ESPN came out with the third edition of their way-too-early top 25 on Tuesday.
USC had the fourth best 2018 recruiting class in the country, per 247 Sports. The Trojans new crop of talent is headlined by wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and Devon Williams, quarterback JT Daniels, cornerback Olaijah Griffin and linebacker Palaie Gaoteote. USC signed a total of 18 players, four of which are five star, 13 four star and 1 three star.
The Trojans saw an exodus of talent leave them following the 2017 season but then refurbished themselves with an overhaul of good young players.
USC will have to figure out their quarterback situation. Although, running back Stephen Carr, wide receiver Tyler Vaughns and a solid offensive should make it easier for whoever the Trojans go with at quarterback. Matt Fink, Jack Sears and Daniels are the two leading candidates at quarterback.
The defensive side of the ball, will returns linebackers Porter Gustin and Cameron Smith, cornerback Iman Marshall and safety Marvell Tell.
“Replacing [Sam] Darnold, the potential No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, will be USC’s biggest priority in the offseason. Rising sophomore Matt Fink, redshirt freshman Jack Sears and incoming freshman JT Daniels will battle for the unenviable job of succeeding him. Losing Ronald Jones, the leading rusher with 1,550 yards and 19 touchdowns, and Deontay Burnett, the top receiver with 1,114 yards with nine scores, won’t make it any easier on his replacement.”
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