The most inexcusable misses of USC's 2020 class
USC has missed on plenty of local prospects in the 2020 class. That alone is inexcusable but when USC starts missing on local prospects with deep family connections to the school, it’s even more embarrassing.
Here are the five most inexcusable misses for USC in 2020. This list that includes a prospect whose brother plays football for USC and two prospects whose mother’s attended the school.
Muelu Iosefa, OLB Mililani, HI HS - Iosefa isn’t the biggest name recruit out there and he’s the younger brother of Trojan linebacker Jordan Iosefa. Let’s also remember that USC was the major program to offer Jordan Iosefa a scholarship. So when USC offered the younger brother a scholarship, it seemed like a sure thing to Trojan fans. Well, it wasn’t. Iosefa took an official visit to Cal early in June and committed on the spot, choosing the Golden Bears over his brother’s school.
Drake Metcalf, OL Bellflower St. John Bosco HS - This offensive lineman from St. John Bosco’s entire family roots for USC. They even held season tickets for Trojan football games for decades. Metcalf’s mother even attended USC. Yet he ignored a scholarship offer from Trojan coaches and chose Stanford instead.
Jeffrey Persi, OL San Juan Capistrano JSerra Catholic HS - Persi grew up in a USC family and rooted for the Trojans as a child. He even considered USC his dream school when he was younger. Yet when the Trojans came to offer him a scholarship, this offensive lineman from San Juan Capistrano eventually decided that leaving home and persuing a football career at Michigan was a better opportunity.
Elias Ricks, Bradenton, Fla. IMG Academy - Before transferring to IMG Academy, Ricks was considered to be the best cornerback in Southern California. He grew up dreaming of playing football for USC and his mother even went to USC. But with the Trojan football program in tatters and plenty of other options, he chose LSU over the Trojans.
DJ Uiagalelei, QB Bellflower St. John Bosco HS - Uiagalelei grew up a fan of USC football. His family even had season tickets. But when the Trojan coaches made him their top quarterback recruit and pushed to get him, the talented quarterback from St. John Bosco turned them down for Clemson.