2017 USC Trojans Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 USC Trojans Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
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USC Trojans Recruiting Class Overview
The hot program kept the momentum going from a great end of the season with yet another good recruiting class. Just when it looked like there might not be quite the high-end prospects of last year’s haul, in came a boatload of special talents on National Signing Day, with LB Levi Jones, DT Jay Tufele, and WRs Joseph Lewis and Greg Johnson just a few of the great new gets. Are there a slew of instant impact performers? Maybe not for right now, but for a team that has the pieces in place to start building things up for the future, this class works out just fine. Going forward, though, it’ll be up to Clay Helton to look national even more for the superstar of superstar prospects.
The USC Trojans Class Is Heavy On …
Offensive linemen. The defensive front gets a whole bunch of help from prospects like Hunter Echols for one end job and Marlon Tuipulotu in the interior, but the potential stars in bulk are on the offensive side, with Andrew Vorhees, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and Brett Neilon three excellent tackle prospects with next-level upside. There aren’t any sure-thing blockers like, for example, Stanford was able to get, but out of the slew of tackles, if two end up making an impact, this class will have done its job.
The Star of the USC Trojans Class Is …
S Bubba Bolden, 6-2, 200, Las Vegas, NV – Welcome to a prototype-looking safety for the Pac-12. He’s tall, tough, and can hit like a ton of bricks, with the toughness and range to be the leader of the secondary in the near future. Versatile enough to fill any safety role, he could be a freelancer who attacks the ball, or an intimidating strong safety type.
The USC Trojans Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Wide receiver. Sam Darnold will make just about anyone look great, and Deontay Burnett returns after coming up with 56 grabs, but JuJu Smith-Schuster is gone early after leading the way with 70 grabs for 914 yards and ten scores. With Darreus Rogers also gone, there’s room for new receivers to step up and shine.