Now that USC football’s recruiting class of 2020 is complete, what positions do the Trojans need to focus on in 2021? There’s unfinished business to deal with.
USC’s 2020 recruiting class wasn’t its finest collection of talent, but when it comes to recruiting there’s little good in dwelling too long. Recruiting for the next cycle should already be in full swing.
As the Trojans look to bounce back with a stronger class of 2020, what units are in most need of new additions?
Here’s a look at USC’s six biggest recruiting needs:
USC’s inability to secure a quarterback commit in the class of 2020 will make stocking the position an even bigger concern in 2020.
The Trojans already have five-star stud Jake Garcia committed, so holding onto his commitment is priority No. 1 (This time last year they had five-star quarterback Bryce Young pledged but ultimately lost him to Alabama).
Despite having a QB already committed, USC can’t settle for just one. Matt Fink is a redshirt senior in 2020 and won’t be coming back next year. That leaves USC with only Kedon Slovis and JT Daniels on scholarship. The picture is likely to get even less crowded if Daniels opts to transfer away as a third-year graduate. In that scenario, the Trojans would go into the 2021 season with just two scholarship quarterbacks, assuming they keep hold of Garcia.
A second 2021 quarterback will be required.
That quarterback will have to be a lower profile than Garcia, though USC managed to nab four-star Sam Darnold despite already having a commitment from higher-ranked Ricky Town in 2015. The Trojans are still hot on the tail of Alemany four-star Miller Moss, for example.
Still, it’s more likely USC will have to find a Fink-type to fill the gap. The recruiting pitch could be bolstered by pointing to Slovis himself, who was seen as a three-star filler QB but has risen to the top in Graham Harrell’s Air Raid.
Texas connections on the staff could come into play, or a local three-star could jump at the chance to wear cardinal and gold.