Top transfer portal wide receiver reportedly to visit USC football next week

Could USC be set to add more firepower to its passing attack by adding one of the top wide receivers in the transfer portal?
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While the focus of this offseason for the USC football program has been upgrading the program's woeful defense, head coach Lincoln Riley is always going to have his eye on ways to bring more offensive firepower to L.A. as well. One target that fans should keep an eye on is KeAndre Lambert-Smith from Penn State.

According to Matt Zenitz of 247Sports, Lambert-Smith is set to visit USC next week. Zenitz also reports that Lambert-Smith will visit Auburn and Texas A&M prior to visiting the Trojans.

Though Penn State was far from a passing juggernaut last season, Lambert-Smith did impress by leading the Nittany Lions in receptions (53) and yards (673). He also found the endzone four times. Now, 247Sports has him listed as the No. 13 wide receiver in the portal at the time of this posting.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Virginia native will be a super-senior in 2024 meaning he has only one year of eligibility remaining. Thus, he's likely looking to maximize his productivity to improve his NFL hopes.

For his career, Lambert-Smith has 1,721 yards and 11 TDs on 126 receptions. He's also averaged 13.7 yards per catch.

Of course, USC is looking at the task of replacing two productive wide receivers from last season. That's because the team's top two receivers from 2023 are both headed to the NFL Draft.

Tahj Washington caught 59 passes for 1,062 yards and eight TDs while Brenden Rice hauled in 45 balls for 791 yards and 12 scores last fall. That's a lot of productivity to have to replace in one offseason.

That's why Lambert-Smith makes perfect sense for the Trojans. So keep an eye on this recruiting battle because it could bring another talented pass catcher to Southern California.