Donte Williams to USC: Best of social media reaction

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Trojans rejoiced and Ducks lamented on Monday as USC stole away cornerbacks coach Donte Williams from Oregon.

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The Pac-12 race just got a little more interesting in 2020 thanks to USC’s statement hire of Oregon cornerbacks coach Donte Williams.

The news was reported on Monday by Bruce Feldman of The Athletic and confirmed by Gerard Martinez of, Ryan Kartje of the Los Angeles Times and others.

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When a hire that big comes down, you know social media will be all over the story.

Indeed, Pac-12 Twitter was alight with commentary from media, fans, and players.

Wide receivers coach Keary Colbert and director of player development Gavin Morris made their reaction known almost immediately.

Current USC cornerback Chris Steele was ecstatic about the news.

According to Ryan Young of, the two were tight during his recruitment.

Steele had more to say on the subject.

Certainly, Oregon commits felt it. Anthony Beavers of Narbonne, a four-star Oregon commit tweeted a simple emoji

Seven McGree, a four-star running back from Centennial who is also committed to the Ducks, responded as well.

Perhaps the best way to gauge a hire is by looking at how fans of the opposing team respond. Oregon fans? They’re shaken up over this.

USC fans took the opportunity to enjoy getting one up on their Pac-12 rivals. It’s been a little while.

Gerard Martinez made an early point of how USC had to go about getting Williams to Los Angeles. It wasn’t a hire they lucked into.

The premium was there for a reason. Williams has received universal acclaim for his efforts on the recruiting trail.

Shotgun Spratling of had an example of Williams’ recruiting prowess in his back pocket. USC has recruited against Williams before.

USC still has to hire a defensive line coach, but the 2020 staff has come together quite nicely over the past week. On top of landing defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and his right-hand man at Texas Craig Naivar, the Trojans have reportedly locked in Kansas State special teams guru Sean Snyder.

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