The 2018 USC Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
USC Recruiting Class Overview
It’s good enough in a quality over quantity sort of way. There isn’t a lot of bulk for any one particular spot, but as always, USC is getting the cream of the crop.
At least in California.
There are a few nice parts from a few spots here and there, but it’s hardly a national class.
For example, the 2016 haul hit Florida, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Alabama for a few players, and last year’s class came up with prospects from Oregon, Texas, and Utah, too. Those recruiting classes were overloaded with California players, of course, but this one is only cherry-picking a few talents here and there outside of the state.
Whatever – getting most of the best players in California is more than good enough.
There’s not a lot of bulk for the skill spots, but Amon Ra-St. Brown might be the best receiver prospect of 2018 – stealing him away from Notre Dame – and JT Daniels is right there with Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence among the best quarterbacks of the season. Throw in Markese Stepp from Indianapolis, and there are your triplets for the near future.
The defensive side isn’t doing much in the secondary, but the linebackers are great and …
The USC Class Is Heavy On …
More specifically, the tackles.
Abdul-Malik McClain is a 6-4, 225-pound speed rusher who got away from Ohio State and Oklahoma, but the talents for the interior are even stronger.
Tuli Letuligasenoa is a feisty playmaker in the backfield who can hold his own on the nose, and 6-3, 295-pound Trevor Trout is an interesting talent out of St. Louis who had Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Penn State calling,
He’s a great 3-4 end prospect – he would’ve been great for the Crimson Tide rotation – with the makeup to quickly become a leader of the line.
The Star of the USC Class Is …
QB JT Daniels, 6-1, 190
St. Brown has the bigger NFL upside, but his high school quarterback, Daniels was the star commitment, coming in from Mater Dei out of Santa Ana – the same school as Matt Leinart and Matt Barkley.
He’s not all that big, but he’s got a terrific passing touch and a good midrange arm. A pure passer, he doesn’t have a next-level arm but he can get the ball deep.
He’s a bucket guy. Put one anywhere on the field, and he’ll drop the ball in it. As clean as it gets in terms of throwing motion, he’s as polished as they come.
The problem? He’s really young – he was supposed to be in the 2019 class, but he moved up a year.
The USC Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Considering McClain is the only likely true end in this class, it’s not like the Trojans are addressing the need through recruiting. That’s what the past few classes were for, and Christian Rector and Porter Gustin are back.
Top sacker Rasheem Green is leaving early for the NFL, and with Uchenna Nwosu, Josh Fatu and Chris Hawkins gone, the Trojans have to replace a whole lot of production.