With 2021 Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison now seriously considering a transfer to SC, Trojans fans may end up being very happy with what's to come by the time the season starts in four months.
While I've been preaching for everyone to temper expectations for this upcoming season due to seemingly unrealistic expectations put on a new coaching staff at times this offseason, an Addison transfer truly might finally force me to buy into that next level of hype.
An Addison to USC transfer wouldn't catapult the Trojans from 4-8 to a National Championship. It likely wouldn't catapult the Trojans from 4-8 to a College Football Playoff appearance as well (although that ceiling would be there). What it would do, however, is put SC in position to beat down on EVERYONE in the conference.
If USC football lands Jordan Addison, they could catapult to being Pac-12 favorites.
Right now, most have Utah as the Pac-12 favorite over USC. If SC can land Jordan Addison, that's where things could change. Utah is returning a good quarterback in Cam Rising, and they will likely have a very strong running game again next year. Their biggest strength, however, is their defense.
Despite losing talent to the NFL Draft this year, they will likely be stout again this upcoming season due to their yearly consistency that they always seem to show on the defensive side of the ball, and the culture that Utes Head Coach Kyle Whittingham has established that always seems to provide an edge to the defense.
If SC secures Addison, however, it's going to be hard for ANY defense to contain the Trojans. The offense as it is right now is already expected to be prolific.
Lincoln Riley's spread is considered the best offense in college football, SC's returning four starters from an O-line that was rated No. 1 in the country last year (PFF), Caleb Williams is a top three QB in the country, SC received two four-star transfers at receiver already in Brenden Rice and Mario Williams, and they acquired an elite back through the portal as well this offseason in Oregon RB1 Travis Dye.
Add in Addison, who was the best receiver in the country last season after Drake London got hurt, and SC is going to be scary for any defense in the entire nation. Why is that? That's because SC will be adding 100 catches, 1593 receiving yards, and 17 touchdown catches.
In fact, those were the numbers from just his sophomore year. Now imagine what he can do when he's a year older and playing in the best offensive system in the game. Not to mention, he'd be playing with a QB who at one time last season was the favorite for the Heisman Trophy despite not even starting for his team until the second half of the season.
Remember how dominant London was every single game for USC last year? That's the type of player SC would be getting if they land Addison. Literally--London was the runaway favorite for the Biletnikoff last year before he went down in the eighth game of the year, and Addison was obviously the next-best guy.
Now, SC's getting Addison a year older and in an exponentially better system than what London was playing in last year. Even in USC's worst year in history, they still developed the best receiver in the country who was just the first WR taken in the NFL Draft (No. 8 overall).
Now imagine what SC can do with a talent like that with Riley at the helm. If London returned to USC this year, the Trojans would be Pac-12 favorites. I'm not saying a transfer from Addison should force everyone to see SC as Pac-12 favorites, but they certainly would be about as close as it gets, and MANY all across the country would have them as the favorites--if not most.
The pundits who ranked SC top 10 in their way-too-early rankings would be pumping their fists in the air, as they may have been right about what's to come from SC in 2022 all along.