USC Football

USC makes huge additions to coaching staff, recruiting impact

February 13, 2020

USC fans were understandably disappointed and some downright livid when athletic director Mike Bohn announced in December that Clay Helton would be returning for a sixth season as head football coach of the Trojans.

Not only had USC finished 5-7 in 2018 and 8-5 last season, but recruiting a significant drop off in recruiting had occurred with the Trojans finishing with two of its lowest ranked classes in decades, perhaps longer.

We can sugarcoat a 20th and 50th ranked recruiting classes by claiming the Trojans filled their needs and got great value from their class in 2019, and they absolutely did, but recruiting had become seemingly more difficult than it should in For a school with the location and history USC has.

They began losing out on elite West Coast prospects they would've signed in years past. Justin Flowe, Elias Ricks, Kourt Williams, Bryce Young, Bijan Robinson and others, all ended up at signing elsewhere. And that's a big problem should it continue into 2020 with the 2021 recruiting class.

AD Mike Bohn said His department would provide the necessary funding, coaches and support staff to turn the program around. But it was hard for USC fans to take him seriously after retaining Helton.

There were sgns Bohn and USC weren't playing around when he fired Clancy Pendergast and John Baxter a day after the embarrassing loss to Iowa in the Holiday Bowl. That definitely needed to happen and happen that day. No reason to prolong the situation.

USC Scoop got word the Trojans would have added Dave Aranda as the new DC had Justin Fuentes accepted then Baylor head coaching gig, but he didn't and Aranda became the head coach in Waco.

Another sign Bohn and Chief of Staff Brandon Sosna meant business, was when Graham Harrell was offered and accepted a three year extension at 1.3 million a year.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago and DC Todd Orlando was hired, then his safeties coach at Texas Craig Naivar was hired, followed by special teams coach Sean Snyder, DL Vic So’oto and the headliner Cornerbacks coach Donte Williams. These were all big time hires in our opinion and all of them can flat out recruit.

Not only has USC assembled one of the top coaching staffs in the PAC-12, they've made a statement to recruits, opponents and the country, that they're not playing around. USC is done accepting mediocrity and average from its football team. The resources and leadership are in place for the Trojans to restore their place among the top programs in the nation.

I spent a few moments today in Northern Virginia sharing my thoughts on what's taken the place the last few weeks and what to look forward to going forward.

Tags: Football, USC
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