Isaac Nauta Opens Recruitment and More USC Football News


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First Take… Things in the recruiting world just got very interesting.

At least for those who have an affinity for tight ends.

Florida State commit and five-star tight end Isaac Nauta is now former Florida State commit.

Nauta is on the record that he wants to take an official visit to USC, so while more local schools like Georgia certainly have a leg up in his recruitment, you’ve got to believe that the Trojans have a shot.

Long shot though it may be, the prospect of the 6-foot-4, 237-pound tight end being available should have USC coaches and fans salivating with the possibilities.

One of the stand out players at The Opening in July, Nauta is the No. 1 player at his position for 2016 and the No. 17 player in the country, according to the 247Sports composite.

Pairing Nauta with current four-star commit Cary Angeline would easily be on the level of landing Xavier Grimble and Randall Telfer in 2010.

And Ten USC Football Links…

  1. Sports Illustrated: The most Pete Carroll thing ever is describing dealing with the aftermath of a Super Bowl loss as “thrilling.” In an SI cover piece, the former Trojan head coach addresses the infamous fourth and two call against Texas, but it is worth the read even without the obvious Trojan connection. Smaller stakes, but USC’s coaches and players could certainly use some Carroll philosophy to overcome late game mishaps from last season.
  2. OC Register: Michael Lev’s Arizona preview features Daniel Berk of the Arizona Daily Star talking Wildcats. Stunning stat: Arizona has never had back-to-back ten-win seasons in football. Of course, with their wealth of returning talent this could be the year.
  3. OC Register: Part two of the preview double header has Ryan Gorvey of talking Cal football. The Bears expect progress this season with Jared Goff running the show once more. Turning around just a few of the close losses they had in 2015 could even yield bowl eligibility.
  4. ESPN: Pac-12 media days begin tomorrow, so David Lombardi looked at the storylines coming out of the South. The most pressing question for USC? Are the Trojans back?
  5. ESPN: Running down the early contributions of USC’s incoming players during summer workouts, Johnny Curren highlights Deontay Burnett as a surprise standout and Dominic Davis making “an instant splash.”
  6. Bleacher Report: Iman Marshall was featured among the top 15 freshman we’re all dying to see get into the action during fall camp.
  7. Bleacher Report: In Amy Daughters’ predictions for the 2015 CFB passing leaders, Cody Kessler is projected to build on record-setting numbers from last season, with 4000+ passing yards and 42 touchdowns, both of which would be USC single-season records by some distance.
  8. The counterpart to Monday’s look at what could go right for USC in 2015, Dan Weber now offers the “what ifs” for the potential negatives of the Trojan season. Of note, Weber worries anything less than a Heisman-finalist level season from Kessler could have USC running short. He also notes the disturbing possibility that Jim Mora will still have the Trojans’ number.
  9. 247Sports: Tee Martin now tops the 2016 National Recruiter Rankings maintained by 247 with the de-commitment of Nauta knocking FSU’s Tim Brewster off the top spot.
  10. Reign of Troy: We tried our hand at ranking the 25 best USC football traditions, including rivalries, game day experiences and superstitions.

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Fred Davis’ 881 receiving yards in 2007 are the most for a Trojan tight end ever.

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