Elite QB Miller Moss commits to USC recruiting class of 2021

USC recruiting got a commitment to make Graham Harrell happy in Miller Moss. (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy)
USC recruiting got a commitment to make Graham Harrell happy in Miller Moss. (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy) /

The USC recruiting class for 2021 picked up a huge commitment from Miller Moss.

It had been 10 days since USC recruiting efforts resulted in a new commitment, the longest stretch for the Trojans since March.

And it ended on Monday as four-star quarterback Miller Moss announced his pledge to the Trojans.

The commitment is a huge USC recruiting win considering Moss’s talent and the Trojans’ need at the position.

What Miller Moss’ commitment means for USC recruiting:

Moss ranks as the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2021, per the 247Sports composite. He is the No. 52-rated player in the class.

Why? Because, as Greg Biggins put it, he has “one of the quickest releases in the country.” A comparison to Drew Brees tells the tale.

Getting Moss alone would have given USC a major boost at the quarterback position, but he’s not joining the Trojan quarterback room by himself. He’s the second QB commit for USC in the class along with Jake Garcia, who ranks 33rd nationally and fourth among pro-style QBs.

The recruitment of Garcia and Moss simultaneously was difficult for USC. With Garcia already on board, it was far from certain the Trojans could land the other hometown prospect, who might look elsewhere with less direct competition for playing time. Obviously, that wasn’t enough to deter Moss.

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It’s a good thing too as USC desperately needs quarterback help. While the top of the depth chart is golden with Kedon Slovis at the helm, the Trojans will lose Matt Fink to graduation after the 2020 season. Without reinforcements, Slovis would be the only scholarship quarterback on the roster, after the transfers of JT Daniels and Jack Sears.

The Moss and Garcia dynamic will be fascinating to track. This isn’t the first time USC has managed to land two strong quarterback prospects in the same class. They did it with Ricky Town and Sam Darnold as well as Max Wittek and Cody Kessler. The former two in those pairs ultimately transferred away from the program while the latter two set USC records.

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