USC football’s most popular players on Twitter in 2020

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The USC football secondary boasts the most popular Trojans on Twitter.

The likes of Barak Obama, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry have more than 100 million followers on Twitter. No-one associated with USC football can claim just numbers, but the Trojans do have a few particularly popular players.

But who is the current Trojan with the most Twitter followers to their name?

The answer may not be who you think.

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Here are USC’s top 10 players on Twitter based on follower count:

  1. Isaac Tayor-Stuart (17.3k)
  2. Chris Steele (14.3k)
  3. Amon-Ra St. Brown (12.5k)
  4. JT Daniels (12k)
  5. Bru McCoy (8.6k)
  6. Olaijah Griffin (8.3k)
  7. Stephen Carr (7.9k)
  8. Ben Griffiths (7.8k)
  9. Trevor Trout (7.3k)
  10. Tyler Vaughns (6.1k)Kyle Ford (6.1k)

The player with the most followers on Twitter, by far, is redshirt sophomore cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart.

Taylor-Stuart may not be a household name nationally, but he has a popular Youtube channel where he shares advice for other athletes and gives fans a glimpse into the life of a D-1 athlete. His profile should only grow as he establishes himself as a starter for the Trojans, but first, he has to recover from offseason surgery.

Next up is cornerback Chris Steele, who transferred to USC from Florida before the 2019 season. He got a waiver to play immediately in part because his reason for leaving the Gators had to do with a disagreement over the handling of a roommate and teammate who had been accused of sexual assault.

The media coverage of that situation no doubt made Steele a more recognizable figure, but he’s also particularly active on Twitter compared to other Trojans, making him a strong follow in his own right.

Amon-Ra St. Brown, the outstanding wide receiver, is No. 3 on the list. He hasn’t been prolific when it comes to Twitter, but his profile stretches far and wide given his story.

Along with being a 1,000-yard receiver for the Trojans, St. Brown comes from a unique family, with two brothers who have been successful wide receivers in college. That same family has also made him the subject of numerous feature stories, with a former bodybuilder for a father and a German mother who taught him and his siblings to be trilingual.

It doesn’t hurt that his parents naming conventions for their children stand out. The wide receiver’s full name is Amon-Ra Julian Heru J. St. Brown. His brothers have equally complex full names beyond Equanimeous and Osiris.

The rest of USC’s leading Twitter personalities include quarterback JT Daniels, though that may not be for long as the redshirt sophomore put his name into the transfer portal.

Wide receiver Bru McCoy is best known for his wild commitment and transfer saga, signing with USC before transferring to Texas after a week of enrollment, only to transfer back to the Trojans.

Cornerback Olaijah Griffin is one of the biggest personalities on USC’s team while running back Stephen Carr is looking for a breakout season to live up to his five-star billing coming out of high school.

Ben Griffiths was a professional Australian Rules Football player before transitioning to become a punter.

Trevor Trout has yet to make his mark on the football field for USC, but the defensive lineman is probably the most active player on social media. He is particularly in tune with the NBA basketball community.

Finally, Tyler Vaughns and Kyle Ford tied for 10th, which is fitting since they have similar profiles. Both were Top 40 wide receiver prospects in high school. However, Vaughns came from Bishop Amat while Ford hailed from Orange Lutheran. And while Vaughns is nearing the end of a Trojan career which will leave him among USC’s top producing receivers of all time, Ford is just beginning as a redshirt freshman.

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