Not only are there seven USC WR's in the NFL right now, but they just had the runaway favorite for last year's Biletnikoff award before he went down to injury in Game 8 of 2021 in Drake London, and he was the first wideout taken in the 2022 NFL Draft (No. 8 overall).
This was in the worst season in USC history. Now imagine what they can do with Lincoln Riley, the best offensive coach in America, at their disposal. While Addison won the Biletnikoff last season and achieved great success at Pitt, he knew USC was the spot for him.
He said that it was a "gut move" for him to head to L.A. There was no need to overthink. SC was undoubtedly the spot for him.
Many people will be upset at Jordan Addison's comments about transferring to the USC football squad.
However, Jordan Addison explained more about his decision to switch over the USC football program, and it all made even more sense. He said that he started considering a transfer as soon as coaching staff changes were made.
Of course, Pitt Offensive Coordinator Mark Whipple resigned, and Wideouts Coach Brennan Marion was poached by a bigger program in Texas. Keep in mind that Marion was recruiting Addison over at UT. That was very clearly a real factor in Addison's decision. Marion was at one point in the lead for the elite wideout over SC.
As far as the Caleb Williams connection, Addison touched on that too. He said what everyone's always been thinking: Elite Wide Receivers want to catch passes from elite Quarterbacks.
"Caleb is Caleb," said Addison. "You don't have to say much more than that. But just where USC is at, everything around it and with Lincoln here now, there's a lot of great things I feel like I can do in his offense."
Williams and Riley were of course together last year for Williams' true freshman season at Oklahoma, and the two were tremendous together.
When Riley's Heisman frontrunner QB Spencer Rattler struggled, Riley plugged in Williams. Williams then went on to score 27 total touchdowns (21 passing) despite not even starting until the second half of the season.
Addison of course already has chemistry with Williams from back when they grew up in the same area, so this decision must have had to be a no-brainer for Addison. Catching 100 passes last season for 1,593 yards in 2021 with 17 touchdowns, he has a chance to be even better in this offense.
"A lot of people think like, you won a Biletnikoff, so how much can you get better?" said Addison. "But (USC) showed me that I got a lot of improvements to do within my game, how I need to get better and how to maximize my game."
And, it's true. With Riley, anybody can get better. Riley has taken multiple transfers and turned them into Heisman winners in the past in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.
He then took a transfer in Jalen Hurts, who was set to ride the bench at Alabama, and turned him into one of the best signal-callers in college football and a second-round draft pick. Of course these are quarterbacks, and Addison is a receiver, but Riley's offense clearly puts players in the passing game in positions to succeed.