A week after UCLA rolled out their Linebacker U campaign on Twitter, USC has thrown their hat into the positional football factory ring, with a recruiting hype video for “Wide Receiver U”.
The video features nine former Trojans, not including extremely brief glimpses of the school’s two most recent All-American receivers, Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. Woods currently holds the school receptions record with 250 catches, a mark that Lee should easily surpass this fall.
USC has a solid claim on “Wide Receiver U”, with eight All-Americans in the last 20 years, including Dwayne Jarrett, who was given the honor twice, but they’re not the only school with an argument. Other schools that have a rightful claim on the moniker include Michigan, Florida, Florida State and Tennessee, the alma mater of current wide receivers coach Tee Martin.
Miami has had the most NFL success of late, with several players panning out at the next level, including Santana Moss, Reggie Wayne and Andre Johnson, in addition to 2007 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Michael Irvin.
USC alums on the other hand, have struggled with NFL success for nearly 15 years. Since R. Jay Soward was drafted in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft, only two USC draftees have caught more than 130 passes: Steve Smith, who retired last month. The Trojans’ latest first round pick, Mike Williams, struggled in the NFL and never lived up to his can’t-miss hype, having just been released by the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.
Nonetheless, USC’s success for wide receivers has been practically unparalleled of late at the collegiate ranks, making the video a valuable recruiting tactic as the Trojans target playmakers like Speedy Noil, Mark Andrews and Cordell Broadus, better known as Snoop Dogg’s son.
Featured in the video are the nine players below:
R. Jay Soward