USC Keeps Losing Players
Wide receiver Velus Jones and cornerback Greg Johnson are in the NCAA transfer portal. Defensive end Hunter Echols is rumored to be considering a move to another school but he denied it Friday.
Big picture: There are only four healthy scholarship wide receivers on the team right now. And people tried to say wide receivers Bru McCoy went to Texas and Puka Nacua went to Washington for playing time.
The USC program is considered a joke -- by many players -- and quite a few are getting out.
Is Lynn Swann watching this? Does he care? I have no idea. But he is a big reason this is happening because he refused to take action after last season.
Does it make sense for Randal Grimes, Josh Imatorbhebhe, Trevon Sidney, Bru McCoy and Velus Jones to transfer out of USC? Or for Puka Nacua to decommit?
Everyone is different and their reasons. But here is a reason for more than one that I can confirm: There is a feeling among the wide receivers (and other positions) that Clay Helton plays favorites.
They see how he kept JT Daniels at quarterback no matter how poorly he played. They see how Toa Lobendahn was entrenched at center no matter how many snaps he botched.
And then they see Daniels loves to throw a lot to Amon-Ra St. Brown.
For someone like Grimes, who Helton never gave a chance, it made sense to transfer.
I'm not sure it makes for Jones. He is a slot receiver, USC has depth issues and is switching to an Air Raid offense. Jones figured to play. But imagine being a receiver who has no faith in his coach and thinks he just wants to get the ball to St. Brown? St. Brown, Tyler Vaughns or Michael Pittman?
Then maybe it is harder to stay. Especially when you go somewhere and be eligible immediately.