USC football recruiting: New favorite emerges for Trojan four-star tight end target

USC football tight ends coach John David Baker. (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy)
USC football tight ends coach John David Baker. (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy) /

After naming his Top 3, USC football target Michael Trigg is being projected towards another team.

On Thursday, USC football got good news on the recruiting front when four-star tight end Michael Trigg announced his Top 3 schools.

The Trojans were listed among Trigg’s favorites along with South Carolina and LSU.

Unfortunately for USC, the football and basketball prospect is being heavily tipped towards a different school.

USC football does not have the best chance to sign Michael Trigg.

By Friday, three new predictions in the 247Sports Crystal Ball pointed Trigg towards South Carolina. Steve Wiltfong, 247Sports’ Director of Football Recruiting, Tony Morrell of TheBigSpur and Chris Nee of Noles247 put in their votes.

Trigg is a four-star tight end per the 247Sports composite and a three-star shooting guard per Rivals. On the football side of things, he ranks No. 152 nationally and No. 5 among tight ends. As a junior, he caught 82 passes for 1,232 yards and 16 touchdowns with Seffner Christian in Florida though he transferred to Carrollwood Day High School this summer.

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Barton Simmons of 247Sports described the 6-foot-4, 230-pound athletes as a “hybrid type that may not fit every offense.” That wouldn’t be a problem for USC’s Air Raid attack, which could very easily deploy a tight end on the inside the way they have utilized wide receiver Drake London.

Of course, USC’s pursuit of Trigg is very much about numbers as well.

The Trojans have four tight ends on the roster going into the season after the transfer of Daniel Imatorbhebhe and 2020 signee Jack Yary’s decision to go to Washington instead of USC.

There will be enough bodies to get through the fall but Erik Krommenhoek and Josh Falo will both be out of eligibility following the campaign. That will leave just Ethan Rae and Jude Wolfe as returning players at the position.

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USC has a commitment from three-star tight end Lake McRee to help bolster the tight end unit in 2021 but more would be welcome.

For John David Baker, the Trojans new tight ends coach, that’ll require making up some serious ground on South Carolina.

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