The Opening kicked off yesterday at Nike’s World Headquarters, and the Trojans are already making waves of sorts, as 4-Star wide receiver Paul Harris has named USC his ‘leader’, according to a link posted on Twitter.
— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) July 6, 2012
Harris is a 6-foot-4 receiver, and could bring something to the USC offense that the Trojans haven’t had in a while: size. Kyle Prater was set to be the next super-specimen-type receiver at USC, but injuries ate away his Trojan career, while academics nixed the chance that Markeith Ambles had to contribute.
A native of Maryland, Harris is another one of Tee Martin’s east coast projects on the recruiting trail, and when you consider Martin’s position as wide receivers coach, you have to like the chances for SC. Other schools in on Harris include Maryland, and the big three in the Big Ten: Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State.
The Trojans currently have three receiver commits for the Class of 2013, but with Sebastian LaRue’s ability to play corner, and the chances that Robert Woods and Marqise Lee leave for the NFL as soon as eligible in 2013 and 2014 respectively, SC’s staff is taking the stance that depth cannot be undervalued, even with a reduction of scholarships.
Other players at The Opening that are linked to USC include Laquon Treadwell, Jalen Ramsey and Priest Willis.