Five players USC football should target in the transfer portal for 2019

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USC football has spots to fill on the 2019 roster and dipping into the transfer portal could be a great solution for several thin areas of the roster.

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After signing a recruiting class of 26 new players, while losing several figures to transfer, USC football is set to field a roster of 83 players in 2019.

That means, the Trojans have at least two scholarships to work with in the transfer portal before the start of the new season. They could have more than that if additional players opt to leave the program.

Who should be on USC’s radar for 2019 and beyond? Here’s a look at five intriguing prospects in the transfer portal:

Jaelan Phillips | Outside Linebacker

As soon as Jaelan Phillips announced his intentions to revive his football career away from UCLA, speculation that he could land at USC began.

It’s obvious why. Phillips was the No. 1 overall player in the class of 2017, choosing the Bruins over the likes of USC, Notre Dame, Washington and Stanford, who rounded out his Top 5. He is a physical freak, standing 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, with great athleticism to go along with his size. He would be tailor-made for USC’s Predator linebacker role.

Things didn’t work out at UCLA in part because of health problems. Phillips showed promise as a freshman contributor with seven tackles for loss in six games, but he suffered a season-ending injury. When he looked to return in 2018, a concussion forced a redshirt year. It looked like it had done more than that, as UCLA announced a medical retirement for the former five-star in December. Obviously, that’s not Phillips plan going forward.

Phillips is seeking a waiver to play immediately, but there is a good chance he will have to sit out a season as part of NCAA transfer rules. Given his immense talent, he would be worth the wait.