USC football is losing yet another wide receiver this spring with Keyshawn “Pie” Young listed among the Trojans “squadmen lost” in the 2019 Spring Prospectus.
And another USC football receiver bites the dust.
On Monday, the Trojans released their annual Spring Prospectus and it included a rather big update on wide receiver Keyshawn “Pie” Young. He is no longer on the USC roster.
Young’s Twitter account still includes references to USC. His bio lists “UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA” while his background picture is one of him catching a pass one-handed at practice in a USC uniform. He appears to have made no formal announcement of his departure from the program.
In the 2019 squad breakdown, USC lists 32 “squadmen lost” from graduating seniors to transfers. Young is among those, along with three other wide receiver transfers: Randal Grimes, Josh Imatorbhebhe and Trevon Sidney. Another, Velus Jones Jr., is expected to transfer as well.
That will make five receivers from USC’s 2018 roster who are no longer on the roster, even though the Trojans graduated no senior scholarship wide outs. They return five scholarship pass catchers.
That three of the departures are primarily slot receivers is a major concern. Amon-Ra St. Brown is the only slot receiver returning, though the Trojans did enroll John Jackson III this spring to help with depth there.
Walk-on receivers Matthew Hocum, Jack Webster and Zach Wilson figure to see a lot of reps in Spring Camp as USC transitions to the Air Raid.
The lack of depth at inside receiver is a problem for new offensive coordinator Graham Harrell to solve.
While three receivers are due to arrive for fall enrollment, Kyle Ford, Drake London and Munir McClain all project as outside receivers.
Arguably, Harrell could achieve four-wide sets by shifting Tyler Vaughns inside, or by taking advantage of a pass catching tight end like Josh Falo.
For his part, Young leaves USC with nine games of experience playing cornerback as a true freshman in 2016. When he transition to wide receiver, he did not make it back onto the field.