September 22, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans tight end Xavier Grimble (86) runs the ball as he is brought down against the California Golden Bears during the firsthalf at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Continuing on with our look back at USC’s Class of 2010 that we began last week, it’s time to pick up where we left off as we examine the first group of Trojans that Lane Kiffin was tasked with guiding. This class was shaped by Pete Carroll but salvaged by Kiffin, and this fall, this group of men will enter their fourth academic year; for those who stayed the course, that is.
For a refresher, here’s Part One.
Now that you’re caught up, let’s look at the rest of the offensive skill position players in this class:
Randall Telfer and Xavier Grimble
Telfer and Grimble both came to USC as four-star athletes and over the course of two seasons have all the potential in the world to blossom into one of the best tight-end tandems in all of college football. But they haven’t been able to reach their total potential due to both schematics and injuries. In 2012, they combined for 31 catches for 416 yards and nine touchdowns, while mostly being utilized as decoys in the passing game and as lead blockers on screen passes to Marqise Lee. A knee injury for Telfer and a fractured chest for Grimble kept them out for the majority of spring camp, but Kiffin expects them to be back and ready to go come the fall.
Thomas was the third tight end that USC signed in 2010, and some had him to be the most talented of the bunch. We never really got to see Thomas develop as a tight end, as during his freshman year, he lined up as a defensive end. Hip injuries sidelined him from action and ultimately forced him to hang up his cleats for good by way of a medical retirement.
Scroggins, the four-star Lakewood High star came to USC with a very strong arm and displayed it often in practices, but a number of injuries and eligibility issues forced him to transfer from USC. He first detoured to El Camino College, where he played in eight of 10 games and passed for 1,148 yards, eight touchdowns and just five interceptions in 2012. This season, he returns to the Pac-12 as a member of the Arizona Wildcats and will now be coached by Rich Rodriguez. It took him three years, but Scroggins is finally back in a position to show what Pete Carroll saw in him in the first place.
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In the next installment, we will look at the defensive players that committed to USC in 2010, the final members of this very interesting class.