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Five things USC football can do to increase optimism for 2021

Alicia de Artola
Dec 21, 2020, 10:00 PM PST
USC football head coach Clay Helton. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
USC football head coach Clay Helton. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
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Outside linebacker Raesjon Davis, Jr., a rising junior from Mater Dei High School (California) during the Dabo Swinney Football Camp in Clemson Wednesday.Dabo Swinney Football Camp
Outside linebacker Raesjon Davis, Jr., a rising junior from Mater Dei High School (California) during the Dabo Swinney Football Camp in Clemson Wednesday.Dabo Swinney Football Camp

Seal the deal with top recruits

The best argument for keeping this staff intact is keeping recruiting relationships intact. The requirement for that logic is to cross the finish line with major recruiting targets on board.

The big fish are out there. USC just has to reel them in.

It starts with Korey Foreman, the No. 1 prospect in the country from Corona Centennial. USC let local five-star prospects like Bryce Young, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Justin Flowe walk out of California in recent classes. That has to stop with Foreman, who is projected to land with the Trojans.

Raesjon Davis is another top prospect on the table. The four-star linebacker from Mater Dei just decommitted from LSU and has been a target for USC from the start.

Four-star athlete Ceyair Wright is also a Top 100 prospect from nearby Loyola. His decision is coming in early January. The Trojans stacked DB class would truly be complete if he put on cardinal and gold.

With those three local recruits, USC would have four of the Top 10 prospects in California in the class. Without them, they could claim just one.

USC won’t be able to continue to contend for Pac-12 titles and more unless they’re keeping the best talent home. Optimism begins in recruiting. A Top 10 recruiting class would go a long way.

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