Helton: Ready or not, Kyle Ford is a unique talent
The crown jewel of USC’s 2019 recruiting class is five-star wide receiver Kyle Ford. He’s universally recognized as USC’s highest rated recruit and no one can question his talents.
But his commitment does come with one catch. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect from Orange Lutheran HS is still rehabilitating from a torn ACL.
That doesn’t concern Clay Helton. He says that regardless of whether or not Ford can play this coming season, the young man is a great signing for this Trojan team.
“He’ll finish nine months at the end of August,” Helton said during his signing day presser conference. “We signed Kyle and now-a-day’s with ACLs and modern science, it’s not really physical, it’s really mental with being able to get back. Usually you’re fully cleared at nine months, that’ll be at the end of August. With Kyle, what we saw was a unique talent that we wanted to invest in for the entire future. If he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go. If not, we’ll leave that up to the doctors and see where he is. It reminds me a little bit of Solo (Solomon Tuliaupupu) last year. We knew we had a special talent, we did not know if he would be ready for the season or not. But we knew he was a Trojan at heart and a Trojan talent. We’re see where Kyle is after nine months of rehabilitation and see if he’s ready to go. If he is, he is, if he’s not, then we know we have a great investment for our future.”