Go Fetch: Tirebiter’s Morning Byte of USC Trojans News


USC became the front-runner following his unofficial visit on July 12, but his California love didn’t last long. Jalen Ramsey committed to the Trojans on Monday to give them two cornerbacks for the class, which likely caused Hargreaves to lose interest. The distance also began to bother him. After eliminating Southern Cal on Friday, Hargreaves told a Trojan fan on twitter that USC “was just too far for me.”

I think the Trojans are going to be a lot more than just “good.” They are my pick to win the BCS title and snap the SEC’s run of national titles this year. With the top QB in the country, the best receiving crew, a 1000-yard back and a seasoned, talented O-line, they will be the most complete offensive team in college football. I don’t see anyone on their schedule keeping them under 30 points. Beyond that, it’s Matt Barkley’s skills, experience and presence why I’m convinced the Trojans have the best shot to run the table. “He is just very consistent in his whole life and that helps him avoid ups and downs,” Lane Kiffin told me recently.

USC quarterback Matt Barkley, receiver Robert Woods and safety T.J. McDonald were named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list on Friday, capping off a two-week stretch of announcements that saw several Trojans got nominated.

Flournoy took advantage of his opportunities in the spring. With injuries to Woods and rising sophomore George Farmer, along with Lee’s track obligations, Flournoy and redshirt freshman Victor Blackwell were often the premier wideouts during workouts and the only scholarship players available. So, he got his chance and became one of the success stories of the offseason, which continues with the team’s June and July player-only workouts.

USC will have the most representation at the Olympic Games, with 44 athletes, coaches and support staff with Trojan ties. The Trojans will also have the most countries represented with 18. Cal is second in both categories, with 42 Olympians representing 17 countries. Stanford is third with 40 Olympians.

Tebow, whose unorthodox throwing motion has been often criticized, spent this week with House at the University of Southern California. House, a volunteer pitching coach for the Trojans, has worked with several NFL quarterbacks over the years, including Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Alex Smith. House tells ESPN.com he thinks Tebow is “getting better, but the proof is in the pudding. Being out here at USC is different than being with the New York Jets.”