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NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah compared USC junior WR JuJu Smith-Schuster to former Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd.

"Trojan fans won't like this," Jeremiah wrote, "but I see a lot of former Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd in his play. Both guys have thick, muscular builds and play a very physical brand of football." CBS Sports' Rob Rang has comped the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder to another physical receiver, one Mr. Terrell Owens, while ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. believes Dez Bryant comparisons are warranted.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 25 - 7:18 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted that USC junior WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is "not efficient with his footwork at the break point when he's working back downhill."

Jeremiah absolutely loves Smith-Schuster's physicality, his aggression and his blocking. He oozes those positives. Still work to be done, though, and the analyst offered a few points of emphasis for the 6-foot-2, 215-pound wideout. In addition to lowering his hips to improve his footwork when working back toward passes, he could stand to improve on his drops. Jeremiah doesn't see concentration as a crippling deficit in Smith-Schuster's game, just an aspect in which there remains room for improvement.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 25 - 4:30 PM

USC will host Fresno State in 2019, 2022 and 2025.

There isn't much history between the two programs, but for what it is worth, USC holds a 3-1 overall advantage. Most recently, the Trojans beat the Bulldogs in 2013 and 2014. Prior to that, they narrowly escaped a game Fresno squad in 2005, back when Matt Leinart and [redacted] were lighting the world on fire. Fresno State's lone win in the baby series came during the 1992 Freedom Bowl.
Jun 18 - 4:55 PM

According to Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney, USC four-star 2017 RB Stephen Carr "had an absolutely excellent showing" at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

Gorney thought Najee Harris (Alabama) and Cam Akers (uncomitted) put on the two best displays among running backs in Atlanta over the weekend, but that isn't a knock on Carr. Just a sign of how silly stacked the top end of this class is at the position. Gorney noted that "the soft USC commit has excellent size, surprising speed, a great burst to separate from linebackers and defensive backs and phenomenal hands to bring in short or deep passes." The 6-foot, 180-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 29 overall prospect for the 2016 cycle. While he is committed to the Trojans, he plans to continue making the visiting rounds.
Source: Rivals
Jun 17 - 4:00 PM

Utah graduate transfer DL Stevie Tu’ikolovatu announced his transfer to USC.

This is a huge pickup for the Trojans, as Tu’ikolovatu played at a high level when on the field last season. However, he was used in a rotation and only accounted for 40 percent of the school's defensive snaps. Tu’ikolovatu turns 25 years old later this month and offers depth as both a run defender and pass rusher. He previously visited Alabama and Nebraska. He should be eligible to play immediately.
Jun 17 - 9:16 AM

Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times reports USC junior CB/WR Adoree Jackson is on pace to qualify for the Olympic trials.

Because of course he is. Jackson placed No. 5 in the long jump (25-feet-4 3/4 inches) at the NCAA Championships last month. Jackson was excused from spring practices to pursue his Olympic dream. "He's going to have to really fight to make that team," Sheldon Blockburger, USC's jump coach, said. "But I think he'll make the finals and once you make the finals, anything can happen at the trials." The multi-purpose burner boasts a 10.38 100-meter dash.
Source: LA Times
Jun 14 - 7:17 PM

USC's returning OL combine for 131 career starts, which is tied for second most in the NCAA, according to Phil Steele.

Bowling Green leads the nation with 140, while UNC and Western Kentucky tie USC with 131. The bottom three consist of Missouri (11), Akron (9) and Navy (8). Many times an offensive line is explained as the sum being greater than the parts, and theoretically that is easier to accomplish the longer blockers play together.
Source: Phil Steele
Jun 14 - 9:25 AM

USC junior CB/WR Adoree Jackson placed fifth in the long jump at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday.

Jackson recorded a long jump of 25 feet, 13/4-inch. Showing off a sharp sense of humor, he referred to it as "probably the worst performance ever." That leap failed to qualify him for July's U.S. Olympic Trials. "The run-through was fine," Jackson said, "it’s just off the board everything was a disaster." The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder explained that he "rushed everything." Jackson received permission to step away from football this spring in order to focus on track.
Jun 9 - 2:36 PM

Four-star 2017 G Brett Neilon committed to USC.

"I call it the perfect trifecta which is elite academics, elite athletics and then the social life," Neilon told Rivals. He is in lockstep with HC Clay Helton's vision for the program, saying that he "really love[s]" the direction and momentum of the Trojans. The 6-foot-2, 275-pounder hails from Rancho Santa Margarita, California, and ranks as the No. 83 overall recruit for 2017 by Rivals metrics.
Source: Rivals
Jun 9 - 12:30 PM

USC redshirt junior WR Steven Mitchell said, "we're going to keep the defense tired."

Mitchell called USC's offense "definitely a high-tempo [one]" and said that the team "[has] so many weapons it's crazy." Last season, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound wideout caught 37 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns. JuJu Smith-Schuster will receive the bulk of the targets this season, but it would not be a surprise if Mitchell saw a statistical bump in 2016 assuming the offense clicks.
Source: Fansided
Jun 4 - 7:46 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney wrote that USC four-star 2017 RB Stephen Carr is "expected to take multiple official visits."

Consider Carr's commitment to the Trojans a soft one. The 6-foot, 180-pounder hails from California and has seen the predictable Pac-12 love, with Arizona State, Arizona, Cal, UCLA and both Washington schools tossing offers his way. Whoever reels him in will be landing a tantalizing prospect. As Gorney put it, "The four-star USC commit has excellent size, he can run between the tackles, he can line up in the slot and catch passes. Carr has shown there is very little he cannot do on the football field." Scout.com's Greg Biggins called Carr the most impressive player he saw during the spring circuit.
Source: Rivals
Jun 4 - 6:16 PM

USC redshirt junior QB Max Browne said, "I’m given the keys to the car and I’ve gotta drive the car fast."

"It’s exciting with all the receivers we have, the tight ends and just the team in general, I’m just excited to lead these guys," Browne said. Read in a vacuum, you would never know that he is currently embroiled in a tight competition with redshirt freshman QB Sam Darnold to actually take over the wheel for Browns-bound QB Cody Kessler. ESPN's Travis Haney wrote earlier this offseason that the coaches like Darnold's poise and athleticism. Haney also floated the possibility that both Browne and Darnold could play against Alabama in the season-opener.
Source: Fansided
Jun 4 - 5:24 PM

USC junior CB/WR Adoree' Jackson has run a 10.38 second 100-meter dash.

Off the gridiron, the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder boasts a pair of Pac-12 long jump titles and was excused from spring practice to try out for a long jump spot in the Rio Olympics. On the field, the Trojans' football MVP in 2015 is an ace corner and one heck of a part-time receiver. Jackson is No. 11 on Mel Kiper's Big Board, while CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang ranks him as the No. 8 underclassman draft prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 3 - 8:55 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney believes that there is "not much [USC five-star 2018 QB Matt Corral] cannot do and it's extra special because he's only entering his junior season."

"The USC commit is quick into his drops, scans the field incredibly well and then the ball pops off his hand," Gorney wrote. "The most important thing for quarterbacks is accuracy and Corral has no problem delivering the ball right on point almost every single time." The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder out of West Lake Village, California, committed to USC after receiving offers from UCLA, Michigan, Texas A&M and Arizona State. "He's so smooth and so good at such a young age," Gorney gushed.
Source: Rivals
Jun 3 - 5:39 PM

Bleacher Report's David Kenyon sees USC sophomore LB Cameron Smith as one of the nation's 10-best non-draft eligible talents.

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Smith finished his freshman campaign with 78 tackles, only eight less than S'ua Cravens despite the fact that Smith missed the last four games with a knee injury. Smith chipped in three interceptions. "He's one of the more intuitive kids we've seen," USC head coach Clay Helton said during the season. "He's playing on a very, very high level. It's unbelievable for a freshman."
Jun 1 - 4:50 PM


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