Which of USC football’s new signees from Early Signing Day are planning to enroll early in 2019? The Trojans may have a dozen January entrants.
College football is evolving. That much was clear from the sheer number of recruits who have embraced the opportunity to send in their letters of intent and lock in their commitments on Early Signing Day on Wednesday. But also, it’s evident in the increasing popularity of early enrollment.
USC football has had players enroll early with some regularity, last year seven Trojans took the chance for a head start at college life, but the class of 2019 may have the biggest collection of January enrollees in memory.
An unofficial total of 12 of USC’s Early Signing Day signees are slated to enroll early, according to 247Sports.
Those include a number of potential early contributors, from top-rated recruit Jason Rodriguez, a four-star offensive tackle, to junior college transfer Nick Figueroa.
The full list of possible early enrollees features three defensive backs, two tight ends, two offensive linemen, a linebacker, a defensive end, a running back, a wide receiver and a punter
Planned Early Enrollees:
- S Briton Allen
- RB Kenan Christon
- CB Trey Davis
- DE Nick Figueroa
- P Ben Griffiths
- WR Drake London
- DE/OG Gino Quinones
- TE Ethan Rae
- OT Jason Rodriguez
- LB Stanley Taufoou
- CB Max Williams
- TE Jude Wolfe
On the surface, the Trojans would have been most pleased to bring in the trio of defensive backs considering the major exodus at that position. USC saw five members of the secondary leave the program via dismissal or transfer in 2018. On top of those, the Trojans have four graduating seasons departing.
With just eight defensive backs returning from the 2018 roster, adding Briton Allen, Trey Davis and Max Williams could have been a major boost to USC’s depth for Spring Camp. Unfortunately, it seems that only Allen is a sure thing to participate. Both Davis and Williams are coming off high school knee injuries from this fall.
Tight end Ethan Rae is in a similar boat with an injury likely to delay his debut, though fellow 2019 tight end Jude Wolfe figures to get a shot to make his presence known quickly.
The likes of Rodriguez, Figueroa, running back Kenan Christon, lineman Gino Quinones, wide receiver Drake London, linebacker Stanley Taufoou and punter Ben Griffiths will also be looking to make an early impact.
Every spring it seems one or two early enrollees end up catching the eye and laying the foundation for a bright future. We will see which players from this group do just that.