USC Football Recruiting

The Five-Star from the Lone-Star

May 20, 2020

When USC hired Mike Jinks (Running Backs) and ultimately Offensive Coordinator Graham Harrell, we figured the Trojans would field a high-powered air raid offense in 2020, 2021 and beyond, but hadn't thought much about their impact on recruiting.

Although neither coach signed a prospect in the 2020 recruiting class, their ties to Texas along with assists from Tim Drevno, led to the Trojans signing underrated Texas OL Courtland Ford‍ and Casey Collier‍.

Both coaches offered several 2021 prospects last year and laid the groundwork for their class early in the process. Since the Trojans added Todd Orlando (Defensive Coordinator), Craig Naivar (Defensive Backs), promoted John David Baker to Tight Ends coach and hired Donte Williams (Cornerbacks), USC’s recruiting nationally significantly picked up...especially in Texas.

USC has positioned itself strongly with several 2021 Lone-Star State targets and already have commitments from 4-Star RB Brandon Campbell‍ and 4-Star WR Quaydarius Davis‍. The Trojans are also a top school for Austin (TX) Tight End Lake McRee‍, WR Latrell Neville‍ is still being pursued with interest and they hope to get many more on campus at some point.

What we’re finding is the interest level in USC with Texas kids has always been high, but the Trojans have never spent the time and services recruiting the state like they are now. Where we've seen the an impressive turnaround with recruiting in Texas, is with the class of 2022.

I was in Texas in mid January and the same 2022 prospects who had little interest in USC then, are now sending DMs via Twitter and IG telling me the Trojans are now a Top School. 4-Star Houston (TX) RB Jaydon Blue‍ is the latest.

When USC offered 5-Star 2022 Southlake (TX) Carroll QB Quinn Ewers‍, I received this text five minutes later, “I know a few people close to SLC program and they said USC was THE OFFER Quinn was waiting for.” 

I knew very little about Ewers at the time, but quickly became aware he's a special talent. In fact, he's ESPN’s No. 1 overall 2022 prospect and No. 2 overall with other networks involved with rankings. We also found out Ewers’s history is a big reason behind his serious interest in USC.

“I went to a high school camp at North Texas when I was in sixth grade and Graham (Harrell) was the first coach to offer me a scholarship,” said Ewers. “I got to know him pretty well that day, we hit it off, he's an awesome guy, an easy guy to talk to and a fun guy to be around."

With the Ewers traveling with his family to southern California a few times in recent years to work with Adam Dedeaux, Tom House and Taylor Kelly of 3DQB, he's had an opportunity to visit USC a couple of times.

“It's a great spot, it's a really cool campus, obviously California is a great spot to be at for four years and it's a school that interests me a lot,” Ewers said. "

Plus USC Quality Control Analyst Seth Doege is close friends with Southlake Carroll head coach Riley Dodge. So, there's a lot more going on with USC than most realize and Ewers plans on visiting the Trojans as soon as things open up in Los Angeles.

USC Scoop was with Ewers Tuesday in Dallas to watch him throw with Carroll teamates WR Brady Boyd‍, Cinque Williams, Wills Meyer and Joshua Spaeth. 


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