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#pounditFriday, October 22, 2021

Ex-USC stars take shots at team over poor recruiting class ranked lower than Bowling Green

Clay Helton USC

USC Trojans fans have been dissatisfied with the state of the football program under Clay Helton the last two seasons. Many have wanted Helton fired and have outright stated they will not attend games or donate money while he is the head coach.

All the anger from fans over the state of the program was renewed on Wednesday over the school’s poor showing on National Signing Day based on recruitment rankings.

USC finished last in the Pac-12 for 2020 recruiting rankings according to 247. A big reason for that was their lack of volume of recruits. They were mocked for being ranked lower than Bowling Green.

The poor rankings for the program had former Trojans stars like Matt Leinart and Taylor Mays calling out USC.

Both USC and UCLA no longer dominate the talent-rich Los Angeles area as they have in past years. For instance, DJ Uiagalelei, a top QB in the class, chose Clemson even though he wanted to go to USC and stated his family was full of USC fans. He says the Trojans didn’t recruit him that hard.

In consecutive years, USC and UCLA let top linebackers Kayvon Thibodeaux and Justin Flowe leave the area for Oregon. USC used to have Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young committed to the program, but he switched to Alabama, likely in part due to the Trojans’ logjam of young quarterbacks. That’s another top local recruit who chose to leave the state.

This sort of weakness in recruiting is unacceptable for the two Los Angeles schools and helps explain why both programs are finishing well below their standards.

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