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USC RB Aca’Cedric Ware (ankle) was limited during the spring.

The combination of a November ankle injury and late-season concussion symptoms left Ware compromised heading into the offseason. We have no reason to believe that his 2017 availability is in question. Ware ran for 397 yards on 78 carries (5.1 ypc) with two touchdowns and caught four passes for 29 yards (7.3 ypr) last season.
Source: Fansided
Jun 25 - 1:47 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert compared USC four-star 2018 verbal C commit Justin Dedich to North Carolina C Tommy Hatton.

"Dedich, like the current Tar Heel, is tough and competitive and projects as an interior lineman in college with the ability to develop at center and be an early contributor," Haubert writes. He notes that the 6-foot-2, 280-pounder "blends football smarts with a tough, physical style and has the potential to be an eventual anchor for USC's O-line." Of the Trojans' seven commitments in the 2018 class thus far, six are members of the ESPN 300. That number would have been bolstered by former pledge Matt Corral, but he reopened his recruitment over the weekend.
Jun 20 - 8:09 PM

USC received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 C Justin Dedich.

"I felt like I fit in with their coaching and style of play," said Dedich, who specifically cited the way he has meshed with HC Clay Helton and OL coach Neil Callaway during the recruiting process. The 6-foot-2, 280-pounder was one of the top performers at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge several weekends ago, with Rivals noting that he "passed with flying colors" when facing off with some of the better defensive line recruits in the Indianapolis camp. Dedich ranks as the outlet's No. 2 center prospect in the 2018 class.
Jun 20 - 4:13 PM

An AFC college scouting director ranks USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold as the best QB prospect in the 2018 class.

"He was impressive when he took over, he’s got the size, arm talent and tools that you want in a pocket passer," he said. MMQB's Albert Breer also spoke with an AFC exec who praised Darnold. "He’s accurate, and he’s only 19 years old, so you hope he’s going to get stronger," the exec said. "Everyone’s going to pick apart his throwing motion, but there’s not a lot he can’t do." NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah wrote about Darnold's long delivery recently, noting that he isn't "quite as worried about it as some other evaluators" and that "it isn't monotone or sluggish like Byron Leftwich's. Russell Wilson has a similar release."
Source: MMQB
Jun 19 - 6:35 PM

Rivals tagged uncommitted four-star 2018 C Justin Dedich as a standout performer from the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

"The Five-Star Challenge was a big test for him because there were some outstanding defensive tackles there and he passed with flying colors," relayed the outlet. They refer to Dedich as having "tremendous feet" and deem him to be "super powerful." Just one slight demerit which could end up limiting his recruitment by degrees -- that of height. Rivals notes that if the 6-foot-2, 280-pounder was a few inches taller, he would be drawing even more interest than he currently is. Dedich ranks as the outlet's No. 2 center prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Jun 18 - 4:01 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney forecasts that USC "could be in line for landing an absolutely blockbuster class."

Several of the commits in their current 2018 class were on-hand at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge, including five-star QB Matt Corral, four-star LB Raymond Scott, plus four-star 2019 LB De'Gabriel Floyd. Gorney passes along that they are also heavy contenders for four-star CB Isaac Taylor Stuart and four-star LB Solomon Tuliaupupu, who were both strong camp contributors. USC currently sits at No. 23 on Rivals team rankings for the 2018 cycle, but we fully expect them to land a top-10 class or near it when all is said and done. The Trojans consistently close well at the end of the cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jun 15 - 8:16 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah compares USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold to Andrew Luck at Stanford.

"They have a similar frame and athleticism," Jeremiah wrote. "They both seem to be at their best in crucial situations. I know one Pac-12 coach (Jim Mora) has compared Darnold to Tony Romo and I do see some of that, as well. They both have tremendous poise and their natural instincts take over when the called play breaks down." The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Darnold enters the season as the consensus No. 1 overall NFL prospect. "Darnold has an ideal blend of size, arm strength and playmaking ability," Jeremiah wrote. "He's an explosive thrower. He generates a lot of torque from his hips and the ball jumps out of his hand." The analyst wants Darnold to tighten up his long delivery, but he said he isn't "quite as worried about it as some other evaluators" and that "it isn't monotone or sluggish like Byron Leftwich's. Russell Wilson has a similar release."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 7 - 2:48 PM

ESPN's Kyle Bonagura believes USC sophomore CB Jack Jones could play some receiver this fall.

Jones arrived via the 2016 class as a five-star athlete who was considered one of the most versatile players in his crop. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Jones should see the field more at corner this fall, but he'll also help in the return game and potentially a little on offense, ala Adoree Jackson.
Source: ESPN
Jun 7 - 2:31 PM

Westgate Las Vegas Superbook lists USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold as a 5/1 favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.

Same odds Darnold was drawing when Westgate released their initial odds in early April. Next three up on their latest release are Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield (7/1), reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson (8/1) and Ohio State QB J.T. (10/1). Quarterbacks overwhelmingly dominate, here, with gunslingers installed as nine of the top-10 favorites. The lone position player with top-10 Heisman odds is Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley (20/1). If you're looking for a few darkhorses, Georgia RB Nick Chubb (25/1), Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham (50/1) and Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald (100/1) are all intriguing options.
Jun 6 - 9:13 PM

USC OC Tee Martin called redshirt freshman WR Tyler Vaughns a "[d]ynamic, dynamic route runner."

"Since Marqise Lee, he's one of the most shifty receivers we've had in terms of his route transition and ability to speed in and out of cuts without slowing down and then his catch radius," Martin said. He added that the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder's bulldog attitude and competitive nature "came to the forefront this spring." Vaughns, a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle, is a likely rotational piece for the Trojans this coming season.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 2 - 5:14 PM

USC four-star 2019 verbal ATH commit De'Gabriel Floyd won linebacker MVP honors at the Nike Opening Regional in Oakland.

"He was dominant in the position and one on one drills and took home LB MVP honors in what was a very strong group of 'backers," writes Scout.com's Greg Biggins. The analyst adds that the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder "has a great frame, physically strong and tough, runs well, has good short area quickness, is fluid in space and plays poised and under control." Biggins believes that Floyd "has all the tools you're looking for in a college linebacker."
Source: Scout.com
May 27 - 1:14 PM

USC senior G Viane Talamaivao underwent surgery to repair a partially torn bicep in early April.

Talamaivao suffered the partial bicep tear during USC's third week of spring practice. On the more positive side of things, Trojans HC Clay Helton said that he still expects the 6-foot-2, 330-pounder to start in the season-opener against Western Michigan on September 2. Talamaivao is a 32-game starter for his collegiate career.
May 26 - 6:52 PM

NFL Media named USC junior RB Dominic Davis the fifth-fastest player in college football.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Davis, a sprinter on USC’s track team, set a school freshman indoor record two years ago with a 6.78 60-meter time. He has also recorded personal bests of 10.47 in the 100 and 21.48 in the 200. Davis should be strong in a complimentary role behind Ronald Jones again. He turned 23 carries into 132 yards last year, good for 5.7 yards per carry.
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 1:29 PM

ESPN's Matt Bowen believes USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold is "surgical in the short-to-intermediate" area but must "take more calculated risks and show better ball placement on deep throws."

"Even with a long release that could be tweaked by pro coaches, Darnold gets the ball out with speed and he's accurate in the USC system," Bowen wrote. The analyst complimented Darnold's arm strength and quick feet in the scouting report, and dispelled concerns that USC's system has affected the prospect's field vision. "You'll see plenty of spread concepts in USC's system, but Darnold also goes through full-field reads in this offense," Bowen wrote. Darnold is the Heisman favorite and the consensus No. 1 NFL prospect heading into the new season, but keep in mind that he's only started 10 games.
Source: ESPN
May 23 - 2:35 PM

USC HC Clay Helton called sophomore WR Deontay Burnett a "shut-up-and-work guy."

"You can’t tell the difference between a practice and a game with that kid. It’s not about the hype, it’s just about playing ball each and every day," Helton said of the 6-foot, 170-pounder. "He might be the smallest horse in the stable, but he makes the biggest impact, and he does it in a workmanlike attitude." Burnett is expected to act as USC's No. 1 wideout this coming season with both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Darreus Rogers moving on. This past season, he caught 56 passes for 622 yards and seven touchdowns. 247Sports' Barton Simmons tags the Trojans triumvirate of QB Sam Darnold, RB Ronald Jones III and Burnett as the No. 7 offensive trio in the country.
May 22 - 7:49 PM


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