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Five-star 2016 quarterback Shea Patterson is set to choose between USC, Ole Miss and LSU today at noon live on NOLA.com.
Though the sought-after quarterback is projected to commit to the Rebels, the fact that the Trojans appear among his top choices raises a question about USC’s recruiting strategies for next year.
Do Steve Sarkisian and company need to add another quarterback in 2016?
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Whether or not Patterson picks the Trojans, other quarterbacks like Santa Margarita’s KJ Costello remain on the board with offers to join USC.
Yet USC already has five-scholarship quarterbacks on the roster for 2015.
Even though Cody Kessler will depart after this year, the 2016 quarterback battle will feature four capable signal callers, including pro-style players like Max Browne and Ricky Town as well as dual-threat options like Sam Darnold and Jalen Greene.
Dual-threat Serra QB Khalil Tate also has an offer from the Trojans, though he seems to be targeted as an athlete rather than a quarterback.
Tate’s interest could ultimately answer the question for USC, giving the Trojans an insurance policy should one of the current quarterbacks transfer in the form of a player who could fill needs wherever needed.
Still, if a talent like Patterson or Costello wants to join up, it would be pretty hard for USC to say no.
UPDATE: Patterson committed to Ole Miss.
In Other News…
- Keyshawn Johnson is coaching at 7-on-7 tournaments, where the California sun gives athletes the opportunity to hone their skills even during the winter months. (Scout)
- Hayes Pullard is doing everything he can to make an impression at the Combine, including working at a training center in Florida. (Fox Sports)
- De’Quan Hampton checks in at No. 6 on Steven Lassan’s list of JUCO recruits who could make big impacts in 2015. (Fox Sports)
- Rashaun Haylock details how Josh Shaw’s cover skills could help him climb draft boards. (Fox Sports)
- Ted Miller broke down some spring storylines int he Pac-12 South including the hype surrounding USC. (ESPN)
- How did the Trojans do at each position in the 2015 recruiting class? Kyle Kensing hands out some grades. (Bleacher Report)
- Mock drafts continue to show love to Leonard Williams, who is being projected as the Tennessee Titans pick at No. 2 by FanSided’s latest mock. (Reign Of Troy)
- Our spring camp previews kick off with a look at the quarterbacks, specifically the battle for the back up spot between Max Browne, Ricky Town and Jalen Greene. (Reign of Troy)
- The latest of USC’s Black History Month honorees is Brice Taylor, who also happens to be the first Trojan All-American. (RipsIt Blog)
- Michael Lev continues to preview the pre-spring depth chart by looking into the offensive line. (OC Register)
Reign of Troy Radio:
The latest episode of Reign of Troy Radio features a discussion about the hiring of new offensive line coach Bob Connelly and the positioning of Su’a Cravens.
Stat of the Day:
Brice Taylor earned All-American honors as an African-American four years before Martin Luther King Jr. was born. (via USC Athletics)