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USC sophomore WR Joseph Lewis was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence on Wednesday night.

TMZ Sports initially broke the news of Lewis' arrest, with that report subsequently confirmed by USA Today through the LAPD. At this juncture, little information is available beyond the basic fact that the sophomore wideout was arrested at 11:00 PM on Wednesday following an alleged altercation with a woman. The timing is about as bad as can be imagined -- it comes just over a week after Lewis was released from jail after serving 21 days as part of a plea deal reached after he was arrested in February on a pair of domestic battery charges. Lewis was hopeful to be able to rejoin the Trojans for August camp, but that's almost certainly not going to happen, now. It's very possible USC moves to dismiss him altogether, though that has not yet occurred.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 19 - 11:54 AM

USC freshman QB J.T. Daniels was named the male Gatorade National Player of the Year.

This particular award goes out to the top prep athlete in the country. Daniels earned the honor for his junior campaign at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, California, on the strength of a 2017 season in which he threw for 4,123 yards and 52 touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder would have been a part of the 2019 recruiting class had he not reclassified -- ala Jake Bentley and others before him -- to the 2018 class. Thus, Daniels is now enrolled at USC and battling it out to take over the starting reigns for former gunslinger Sam Darnold. Jack Sears and Matt Fink stand in his way, though we'd give Daniels a tentative edge heading into August. As for the female prep athlete who took home Gatorade National Player of the Year plaudits, that would be New York high school cross country and track and field ace Katelyn Tuohy.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 2:32 PM

USC senior LB Porter Gustin has put on seven pounds of weight over the last year.

Gustin (6'5/262) told The Athletic's Bruce Feldman that he's feeling stronger and more explosive than he did last offseason. He's looking to turn in a healthy 2018 season after toe and biceps injuries limited him to just four games played during the past campaign. When he's right, he is one of the more dynamic athletes in the country, capable of a vertical jump in the 35-37-inch range, a bench press of 475 pounds and a squat of 575 pounds. Along with Cameron Smith, Gustin forms the nucleus of a strong Trojans linebacking corps, one which ESPN's Edward Aschoff views as the team's stoutest position group.
Jul 14 - 12:52 PM

USC received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 TE Ethan Rae.

Rae also was considering several high-profile schools, including Georgia, Alabama, Michigan and Notre Dame. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end is ranked 10th at the position in 247 Sports composite ranks, and the Orange, California native ranks 20th among players in the Golden state. Rae is the fifth four-star prospect to commit to the Trojans in the 2019 class, which ranks 34th overall in 247 Sports list and third in the Pac-12.
Source: 247 Sports
Jul 13 - 5:02 PM

USC sophomore WR Joseph Lewis has been released from jail after serving 21 days as part of his plea deal on a pair of domestic battery charges.

While Lewis remains suspended from the team, this is one (small) step toward his potentially being reinstated to the Trojans. He reached the plea deal -- relating to a pair of domestic incidents -- in May. In addition to his short time in jail, he'll be on summary probation for the next 36 months and has been banned from owning or using a firearm for the next 10 years. Just what the former five-star wideout's next step with the Trojans might be remains to be seen. We'll pass along word as information dictates. Lewis said in May that he's hopeful to be with the team in August camp.
Jul 10 - 12:46 PM

USC received a verbal commitment from five-star 2019 CB Chris Steele.

Florida, South Carolina and Oregon were all pushing hard for Steele's pledge, to no avail. He took official visits to each of the former two programs in addition to USC. We more or less expected that the Bellflower, California, native would ultimately side with the Trojans, though. The 6-foot-1, 182-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 16 overall prospect in the 2019 class. On the field, he's an ultra-competitive, rough-and-tumble player, one whom 247Sports analyst Greg Biggins believes might be the most physical corner prospect in the country. Steele's also possessing of a high football IQ and is an academic stalwart, to boot. Biggins compares him to current USC CB Iman Marshall due to his similar build and makeup. This is a major commitment for HC Clay Helton.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 7 - 2:27 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff lists USC redshirt senior C Toa Lobendahn as the most underrated player on the Trojans.

Lobendahn (6'3/280) has played all over the field for USC, but is moving back to his most natural position of center for the 2018 campaign. He's been plagued by injuries, but when healthy, his presence on the line has helped the Trojan offense significantly. As Aschoff puts it: "There's no question that USC's offensive line was a major weak spot in 2017. Now, Toa Lobendahn returns as arguably the most important player up front."
Source: ESPN
Jul 2 - 2:24 PM

USC received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Drake London.

London is a rare find, as he also is a basketball star who was considered a four-star prospect on that side as well, and he'll reportedly play both for the Trojans. He also was considering Notre Dame, Oregon, Wisconsin and several other high-profile schools. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound wideout ranks 41st among players in the state of California, and 46th among players at his positions. With his frame he has red-zone potential, and reports indicate he also has quality speed and can make tacklers miss when the ball is in London's hands.
Source: USA Today
Jun 29 - 6:14 PM

Sports Illustrated's Joan Niesen lists USC freshman QB J.T. Daniels as a freshman who can make an impact on the 2018 season.

Neither Jake Sears or Matt Fink stepped up and wowed over the spring, which means that Daniels (6'1/190) has a great chance of winning the job at some point in 2018 -- maybe even as the opening-day starter. "He’s described as a football junkie with the physical skills to match," Nielsen writes, "and with as many playmakers as USC has, Daniels has the potential to play well beyond his years next fall."
Jun 24 - 2:21 PM

Sports Illustrated ranks USC sophomore RB Stephen Carr 53rd in their list of the top 100 players in college football.

Carr is the highest rated running back listed so far -- keep in mind that players 50-1 release later so that will surely change -- ahead of players like Washington's Myles Gaskin, Kentucky's Benny Snell and Alabama's Damian Harris. Carr battled injuries in 2017 and backed up Ronald Jones, but he showed flashes of brilliance when he was on the field. He also had back surgery, but he should be ready to roll this fall. As SI summarizes: "If he’s back to full speed by the fall, as head coach Clay Helton expects, Carr will be the centerpiece of a talented but unproven offense trying to fill the holes left by Jones and Sam Darnold."
Jun 18 - 5:48 PM

ESPN's Chris Low lists USC's non-conference schedule as the second toughest in college football for 2018.

Things don't start out terribly tough for USC -- with all due respect to UNLV -- but it escalates from there. They have their usual bout against Notre Dame, but they also have to face Texas in Austin, which won't be easy at all. As Low points out, that trip to Texas comes after a trip to Stanford. Even with an extension, Helton has to be feeling a little bit of pressure to win games in 2018. It doesn't appear that there's any easy path there for the Trojans.
Source: ESPN
Jun 18 - 4:43 PM

USC senior T Chuma Edoga allowed a mere six quarterback pressures last season.

Per Pro Football Focus, that silly-low number of quarterback pressures allowed is good for tops among returning tackles in the Pac-12. Just whom the 6-foot-4, 290-pounder will be blocking for during the coming campaign is still an open question. One of J.T. Daniels, Jack Sears or Matt Fink will have the tall task of leading USC's offense into the post-Sam Darnold era.
Jun 9 - 2:36 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes that USC senior S Marvell Tell is worth a top-50 selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Brandt took to Twitter to tick off a total of 23 players who he thought deserved to be swept off next spring's board by the end of Round 2. Tell (6'2/195) was the only safety prospect on his list. He's made 29 starts in his career, including working as a full-time starter each of the past two seasons. More of the same to come this year. For the past campaign, Tell registered 85 tackles while intercepting three passes.
Jun 7 - 2:32 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff lists linebacker as the strongest position for USC coming into the 2018 season.

The Trojans lose a ton of offensive talent -- and a couple of quality defensive players as well -- but they do return one of the best linebacker corps on paper for the 2018 season. "Getting All-American talent Porter Gustin back from injury this spring was huge, as is the return over inside leader Cameron Smith," writes Aschoff. If USC is going to compete for a Pac-12 championship it's going to be the defense that leads them there, and those two linebackers along with freshman Kana'i Mauga give them a chance.
Source: ESPN
Jun 4 - 12:45 PM

Indefinitely suspended USC sophomore WR Joseph Lewis has reached a plea deal in which he's plead no contest to a pair of domestic battery charges.

Lewis looked like he was heading to trial in his ongoing domestic violence case -- the charges against him stemmed from two alleged incidents of domestic violence that precipitated his arrest in February -- but has now accepted the plea deal which he had initially ejected late last week. The fallout: Lewis will be on summary probation for 36 months, has been banned from possessing, using or owning a firearm for the next 10 years and will be required to take part in weekly domestic violence treatment program. He'll also be serving 60 days in the county jail (starting on June 15), though good behavior and such could get that knocked down to 30 days. In addition to all this, a protective order remains in place preventing the sophomore from approaching within 100 yards of the victim in this case. With his legal matters at an end, the wideout is hopeful he'll be reinstated to the team by the start of August camp. USC suspended him indefinitely following his initial arrest.
May 24 - 11:19 AM


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