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Fact or Fiction: It's Time to Panic About usc's Recruiting Class

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Here is an opinion each way from Rivals . . .


Gorney: FICTION. There have been some very difficult decommitments for USC in recent weeks led by Justus Terry, Isaiah Gibson and Hylton Stubbs. Those are three massive prospects to lose in one recruiting class and it has not gone unnoticed but let's not get too critical or concerned just yet. The No. 1 prospect in the entire Rivals250 – five-star quarterback Julian Lewis – remains committed. So do numerous four-stars and the Trojans have many other elite targets, plus they can utilize the transfer portal to build back at certain positions as well. USC took a shot and landed some major Southeast targets. It didn't work out but the class is not melting down.


Smith: FACT. It feels very odd to say that the team with the No. 1 prospect in the country committed to it should panic about the class. However, this is a unique case. The recent run of decommitments is very concerning. Not just because Terry, Gibson and Stubbs are good prospects. But they are exactly the types of prospects that USC needs to get back to truly competing at a national level.

The Trojans should reel in other good prospects to replace them. Either in high school or the portal. But there is something to keep an eye on. USC is no longer in the Pac-12 and will face much tougher competition on the field. The program is currently ninth in the conference in recruiting coming out of June where many commits happen. The team does have a good average star rating and not as many commitments as the teams above them.

How USC rebounds from a tough June will be a major storyline as it enters the meat grinder that is the Big Ten Conference.

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The fact is....the damn Trojans still have NINE players of 13 verbals who are 4/5-Stars with Rivals,

and with a usual finish--they will have a top 15 class, if not higher.  No need for them to panic.



I'm sure Lincoln will figure it out...


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