2019 Recruiting Deep Dive: Quarterbacks
USC has offered scholarships to six quarterbacks in the 2019 class and intend on taking two. The Trojans currently hold a commitment from one quarterback in Kedon Slovis.
Jayden Daniels (San Bernardino, Calif. Cajon HS QB)
Daniels says USC is one of his top schools and that’s likely the case. But everything has trended away from the Trojans in recent months. UCLA is a huge favorite for Daniels but there’s a chance he follows his wide receiver, Darren Jones, to Utah.
Ryan Hilinski (Orange, Calif. Lutheran HS QB)
Hilinski committed to South Carolina in April but blew up as a nationally recognized quarterback recruit after that. USC visited him in the spring and eventually offered him a scholarship at a June camp. Right now, it seems very unlikely he’ll flip to USC. He and his family are adamant they don’t want to be involved in the Pac-12 as the memories of Tyler Hilinski’s death are still too painful.
Maverick McIvor (San Antonio Central HS QB)
McIvor is committed to Texas Tech and has been since June. USC doesn’t seem to mind. He picked up a scholarship offer from USC in August and is intrigued by it. He recently told us he wants to visit USC’s campus.
Cade McNamara (Reno, Nev. Damonte Ranch HS QB)
McNamara was targeted by USC very early on and he even grew up a fan of the Trojans. But after backing off his Notre Dame pledge, he picked Michigan over USC and others. It would be a shock if he ended up at USC now.
Paul Tyson (Trussville, Ala. Hewitt-Trussvile HS QB)
Tyson was one of USC’s first quarterback targets. But he’s from Alabama and is Bear Bryant’s great grandson. He picked the Crimson Tide and won’t be going anywhere else.
Kedon Slovis (Scottsdale, Ariz. Desert Mountain HS)
Bryan Ellis made Slovis feel very important to this class and the three-star committed to USC on a campus visit. That visit happened just days after he received a scholarship offer. He says he’ll be a member of USC’s 2019 class no matter what happens. He’s been committed since May and has shown no signs looking elsewhere.
If USC continues to feel two quarterbacks is the best option in this class, we might see another scholarship offer go out. If that doesn’t happen, USC’s best shots all seem like long shots. UCLA’s quarterback situation is much better for Jayden Daniels than USC’s is and he grew up a fan of Chip Kelly. That seems like a lost cause at this point. Ryan Hilinski and his family seem genuine when they say they want to leave the West Coast. They’re even looking to purchase real estate in South Carolina right now. That seems like a lost cause. Cade McNamara and Paul Tyson probably aren’t even worth discussing at all at this point. It would shock everyone if either flipped.
Maverick McIvor might be USC’s best hope as he wants to visit USC. He’s the only quarterback on this list, outside of Kedon Slovis (and arguably Jayden Daniels), who’s showing very real interest in the school. But he’s a kid from Texas who’s committed to Texas Tech. That’s a long shot. That visit will be telling but this publication would predict at this moment that USC will either extend more scholarship offers or be satisfied with Kedon Slovis.