Signing Day 2017 went off without a hitch for USC football, with players spanning both Southern California and the country. But where are Trojans’ biggest pipelines?
As the biggest college football brand west of the Rockies, it’s no secret that USC football has its fair share of recruiting pipelines from several prominent high schools.
In the early days of the program, nearby schools like Manual Arts (36 all-time recruited lettermen), Los Angeles (29) and Loyola (18) were notorious for their role in feeding the Trojans’ football team.
Decades later, LA City powers like Carson (7) and Banning (14) had their moments, along with Pac-5 juggernauts Notre Dame (8) and Mission Viejo (7).
But what’s been the most vital Trojan factory? Here’s a look at the top five USC pipelines, taking into account historical, recent and current recruiting.
5. Hawkins High School | Los Angeles, CA
Current Players: DB Greg Johnson, WR Jody Lewis
Notable Alumni (2 total): N/A
It seems odd to have a school that opened in 2012 and didn’t have a graduating class until 2014 make the list of USC pipelines. But for Hawkins High School in Los Angeles, the pieces are in place for a long term relationship just 20 blocks from the Trojans’ campus.
Five-star receiver Jody Lewis and four-star athlete Greg Johnson picked USC over Nebraska on Signing Day to kick off of the pipeline. Then there’s Johnson’s younger brother Marcus, who is committed to the Trojans’ 2018 recruiting class as a four-star defensive back.
But the prize of the bunch, and the cornerstone for a full-fledged pipeline status could come in the form of Jalen Hall. The 6-foot-4 five-star receiver sits as the No. 3 overall recruit in next year’s class.
Should the Trojans land him along with their law firm of Lewis, Johnson and Johnson, Hawkins could become the new and remarkably closer Serra.