2. Clay Helton, USC
It’s not an awful class from the December haul, but it’s not the top five-caliber class of last year … yet.
Helton has a way of loading up late. Last recruiting season, he had QB JT Daniels early, but five-star defensive backs Olajiah Griffin and Isaac Taylor-Stuart signed in February, and Palaie Gaoteote was a huge linebacker get late in the process.
Again, this year’s class isn’t all that bad. It’s rock-solid with good prospects, but Helton hasn’t landed the true superstars yet. The down 2018 might have something to do with it, and the uncertainty at offensive coordinator was a wee bit of an issue. But now it’s time to get a few Johnny Five-Stars.
DE Drake Jackson should be a star with a little bit of time, and Nick Figueroa is right behind him, but as long as WR Kyle Ford signs, and if there can be a few big Wednesday signings, everything will change.
So far, though, you could recruit at USC and get something close this class – because it’s USC. After Wednesday, Helton has to take this fringe top 20 class and move it into the top ten.