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USC barely represented at the Opening

USC barely represented at the Opening

Are you still not convinced USC’s staff is having trouble recruiting?

If you need more evidence, just look to the 2019 Opening Finals.

The Opening concluded five days ago in Frisco, Texas and the USC Trojans were barely represented in the event at all.

By our count, USC had just eleven potential targets at the event. That list includes only one commit in quarterback Bryce Young.

Those potential targets were:

2020 WR Gary Bryant of Corona Centenniel HS

2020 OL Marcus Dumervil of St. Thomas Aquanis HS in Florida

2021 DE Korey Foreman of Corona Centennial HS

2020 ATH Arik Gilbert of Marietta, Ga. HS

2020 DB Darion Green-Warren of Harbor City Narbonne HS

2020 DT McKinley Jackson of George County, Miss. HS

2020 ATH Isaac Jernigan of Bakersfield, Calif. HS

2020 WR KeAndre Lambert-Smith of Maury, Va. HS

2020 LB Noah Sewell of Orem, Utah HS

2020 DB Chris Thompson, Jr. of Duncanville, Texas HS

2020 QB Bryce Young of Santa Ana Mater Dei HS

And that’s a generous list of potential targets. It seems highly unlikely that Marcus Dumervil and KeAndre Lambert will sign with USC. Both are from the other side of the country and are related to football stars who played college football on the East Coast. 

McKinley Jackson is another generous inclusion. He was committed to LSU for a long time before backing off that pledge. He’ll release a list of top schools in the summer and it would be a shock if he included USC on that list.

The final generous inclusion is Noah Sewell. While he hasn’t publicly eliminated USC, sources close to his recruitment say there’s zero chance he signs with USC. And the fact Sewell won’t be going to USC is publicly accepted at this point.

To compare, there were eleven prospects at the event, from the West Coast alone, who have publicly eliminated USC from contention. That list includes Sam Adams II, Jermaine Burton, Kendall Milton, Myles Murao, Clark Phillips III, Lathan Ransom, Elias Ricks, Gee Scott Jr., Darnell Washington, Kourt Williams and Johnny Wilson.

USC only had six prospects from the West Coast at the event who have not publicly eliminated them. That includes Sewell, who just hasn’t announced USC’s elimination publicly.

This all could change if USC competes for a championship or fires Clay Helton. But at this point, both those scenarios seem unlikely.

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