Five-star QB Malachi Nelson (all recruiting ratings and rankings in article are as of 247Sports) was recently interviewed by 247Sports' Greg Biggins, where they talked ball and hit on some key recruiting insight for this 2023 class that Nelson's been signed to ever since Lincoln Riley made the move to the USC football program:
Biggins asked Nelson for one non-committed recruit that he feels good about USC getting. Nelson chose Duce Robinson. He brought up how he recently was on a visit, and that he loves who he is as a player and feels like SC needs him.
He didn't guarantee he'd be a Trojan, but did express that there's plenty of interest in him and a need for him. After all, Nelson said that "there's a list of guys that we want and we need."
He mentioned that Francis Mauigoa is one of those guys the team needs too. Mauigoa will be making his decision on Monday, so his decision will obviously be coming up shortly.
Both players are dominant recruits at positions of need. Mauigoa is the No. 1 Offensive Tackle in the nation, and Robinson is the No. 1 Tight End in the nation.
Malachi Nelson may be on to something when discussing these big fish in the recruiting game for USC football.
Malachi Nelson bringing up his interest in Mauigoa and Robinson heading to the USC football program is particularly notable due to the momentum USC had already been gaining for the two of them.
Mauigoa was recently predicted by top USC football insider Scott Schrader to head to the Trojans. Robinson has crystal ball predictions in on his 247Sports profile, and 100% of them are to SC. If the Trojans can land these two, it would mean everything to this class.
Adding the No. 9 player in the country (Mauigoa) and the No.17 player in the country (Robinson) would catapult this class from not only a good one, but to a great one. The class is already top 11 in the country, and to add two five stars would make that four five stars total (Nelson and Zachariah Branch are obviously already committed).
It would be a game-changer, and put the rest of the Pac-12 to shame. Even more than this recruiting class already has.