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Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins called USC four-star 2017 RB Stephen Carr "the most impressive player" he saw this spring.

"Carr made huge gains this spring in improving his burst, ability to make a defender miss in the open field and his top-end speed," Biggins explained. "He was always a strong, powerful back with a great frame but he now has elite-level quickness and the lateral mobility to embarrass a defender in the open field." The 6-foot, 180-pounder will continue to make the visiting rounds with other schools, but there is no indication that he is close to flipping from USC any time soon. Rivals ranks him as the No. 43 overall player in the 2017 class.
May 21 - 7:02 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang ranked USC junior CB WR Adoree' Jackson as the No. 8 underclassman prospect for 2017.

"A triple threat as a receiver, returner and cornerback, Jackson simply offers a different level of athleticism than most," Rang wrote. The analyst isn't joking about the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder's dynamic abilities. Just this week, Jackson won the Pac-12 Track and Field Championship long-jump with a leap of 25 feet, 3.5 inches. He was unable to secure a victory in the 100-meter dash, but his time of 10.44 seconds was good enough for second. Jackson racked up 27 catches for 414 yards on offense in 2015 and recorded 35 tackles and an interception on defense. He returned that lonely pick for a touchdown.
Source: CBS Sports
May 20 - 5:48 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang wrote that USC junior WR JuJu Smith-Schuster's "frame and game" remind him of Terrell Owens.

Owens (6-foot-3, 223 pounds) and Smith-Schuster (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) do, indeed, share similar body types. While we're in the comparison market, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. believes that Dez Bryant comps for JuJu will run rampant over the countryside in the coming months. Last season, Smith-Schuster caught 89 passes for 1,454 yards and 10 touchdowns. He underwent surgery to repair a broken right hand in early November, but even that did not force him to miss a game.
Source: CBS Sports
May 19 - 10:45 PM

USC four-star 2017 S Bubba Bolden indicated that while his commitment remains, he will make visits to other schools.

"I’m just open to every school that wants to recruit me and that wants to offer me. I’m going to take all my officials to see how I fit into their school and what they have to offer me," Bolden said. USC still holds his committed heart, at least unless "something major happens." The 6-foot-3, 183-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 213 overall player for the 2017 cycle. He is planning to visit Colorado, with potential repeat visits to UCLA and Arizona State also on the docket.
Source: Rivals
May 19 - 9:11 PM

ESPN's Travis Haney wrote that "the gap [in the USC quarterback competition] is not all that wide" between redshirt junior QB Max Browne and redshirt freshman QB Sam Darnold.

Browne has the edge in experience, but HC Clay Helton might be just a little smitten with Darnold. "Trojans coaches like his poise, even though he turns just 19 next month. They also like his athleticism," Haney wrote. The analyst went on to note that we could potentially see both quarterbacks against Alabama in Week 1, believing that that "might provide USC’s best option, especially given [Alabama's] excellent pass rush."
May 19 - 8:57 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang ranked USC redshirt senior T Zach Banner as his No. 7 senior prospect for the 2017 draft.

"Not a fit for every scheme at 6-8, 360 pounds," Rang wrote, "but Banner's combination of size and athleticism will draw plenty of interest." The son of former NFL-er Lincoln Kennedy, Banner has kicked around the idea of declaring for the draft each of the past two seasons. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein does not see the big man sticking at tackle at the next level, noting in October that unless the Trojan lineman loses weight and improves his quickness, "he might have to do his work from the guard position in the pros."
Source: CBS Sports
May 18 - 3:45 PM

USC junior CB/WR Adoree' Jackson is No. 11 on Mel Kiper's Big Board.

"An absolute burner who can affect the game as a cornerback, wide receiver or return man, his NFL future is at cornerback," Kiper wrote. "Jackson lacks elite size for the position but is an exceptional athlete. He'll attempt to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in the long jump." The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder posted 35 tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown on defense last year. On the other side of the ball, he totaled 450 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 34 touches.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 10:14 PM

USC junior WR JuJu Smith-Schuster checks in at No. 17 on Mel Kiper's Big Board.

"A prolific producer over two years at USC (143 catches) with a coveted combination of size and speed, Smith-Schuster isn't shy when it comes to delivering a blow or playing through contact. He is a fiery competitor," he wrote. "You'll get some Dez Bryant comparisons here." The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder will help to break in USC's new quarterback, whether that's Max Browne, Sam Darnold or Jalen Green.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 7:59 PM

USC junior CB/WR Adoree' Jackson won the Pac-12 Conference long-jump event with a leap of 25-3.5.

Jackson also won the event last year with a jump of 25-3.5. In addition to that, he finished No. 2 in the 100-meter dash (10.44). Jackson hopes to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials later this year in the long-jump event.
May 16 - 7:00 PM

ESPN's Kyle Bonagura named USC junior CB/WR Adoree' Jackson the team's most versatile player.

"There were times during the 2015 season that Jackson seemed like the Trojans' most dangerous offensive weapon. At other times, he was their best defensive player," Bonagura wrote. Last season, the electric 5-foot-11, 185-pounder recorded 35 tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown on defense. On the other side of the ball, he totaled 450 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 34 touches. As Bonagura sees it, "Jackson's ability to shift seamlessly between both sides of the ball (plus special teams) -- and the USC track and field team -- makes him one of the most versatile athletes in college sports."
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 9:10 PM

Campus Insiders' Rich Cirminiello wrote that USC redshirt freshman TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe "could be one of the answers from tight end" to help boost the Trojan offense.

Imatorbhebhe transferred over to USC from Florida last summer. Per NCAA transfer rules, he sat out the 2015 season. Cirminiello called the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder a "seam-buster, with the length and the burst to wreak havoc on opposing linebackers," adding that while Taylor McNamara is USC’s "steady and reliable option at the position" Imatorbhebhe "perform[ed] in the spring as if he plan[ned] on carving out an important role in the offense in 2016."
May 14 - 6:14 PM

Sports Illustrated's Zac Ellis believes that USC redshirt sophomore DT Malik Dorton could be primed for a breakout 2016 campaign.

Dorton has transitioned to the interior of the defense this spring, moving over from defensive end. The 6-foot-2, 275-pounder actually began his career with the Trojans at outside linebacker when he joined the team as a four-star recruit in 2014. Per SI's Ellis, Dorton "[drew] praise from USC coaches [this spring]." The analyst added that "[t]he Don Bosco Prep product looks to be a major piece of the Trojans’ defensive line rotation in the fall."
May 14 - 5:51 PM

Raiders signed USC edge rusher Greg Townsend Jr.

Townsend’s father, a four-time All-Pro, is the Raiders' career sack leader with 107.5. Despite also possessing superb physical ability, Greg Jr.'s career has been derailed time and time again by injuries. He missed the entire 2013 campaign with a knee injury and has additionally been beset by a comical assortment of maladies ranging from ankle and foot issues to chicken pox. Townsend Jr. (6'2, 258) has dropped more than 15 pounds from the 275 he generally carried around with the Trojans. You'd think he's eyeing a potential shift to outside linebacker, which makes sense for a player who doesn't play with power, but Townsend's lack of athleticism (4.86 forty, 7.50 3-cone) figures to do him in if his body doesn't beat it to the punch.
May 12 - 10:16 PM

ESPN's Sharon Katz ranked USC's schedule as the toughest for the 2016 season.

According to preseason FPI, an average FBS squad would be expected to win just 30% of the Trojans' games this season. They kick off the 2016 campaign against Alabama down in Jerry's World and also face tough in-conference road contests against Washington, Stanford and UCLA. "Pac-12 and USC schedulers didn't do Clay Helton any favors in his first full season as head coach," Katz wrote. Dovetailing along these lines, earlier this offseason, Katz colleague Chris Lowe ranked USC's as the toughest nonconference schedule in all the land. In addition to that Bama season-opener, they will also dance with Utah State and Notre Dame out of conference.
May 9 - 12:09 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora views the Browns' decision to draft USC QB Cody Kessler instead of Michigan State QB Connor Cook as one of the key forks in the road of the draft.

The Browns surprised by degrees with their selection of Kessler in the third round. In the process, they bypassed eventual Raider pick Connor Cook. And that decision, La Canfora believes, could have been pivotal (we just don't know whether for better or worse). "The fact that the perpetually quarterback-starved Browns passed on [Cook] the most [six times in total], and then banked their analytics on Kessler, makes this all the more juicy to chronicle over time." La Canfora relayed that several sources he trusts did not have Kessler graded higher than a fifth-rounder.
Source: CBS Sports
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