USC football gaining tremendous momentum for No. 1 WR recruit in country

Lincoln Riley, USC Football

USC football can't stop prying Brandon Inniss from the competition on the recruiting trail. Before Lincoln Riley was hired by USC to lead the program, five-star (247Sports) wideout prospect from American Heritage High School in Florida was expected to be an Oklahoma Sooner for good.

Once Riley took his new gig, Inniss decommitted from OU. Since, the No. 1 WR recruit in the country (247Sports) has had four 247Sports recruiting experts make predictions on where he'll go, and all four have him heading to the Trojans. Most notably, 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins put in a crystal ball prediction for Inniss to head to SC on Saturday.

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If we didn't already, we now know it's real, if Biggins made the call. To add even more fuel to this discussion, On3 reported that they give Inniss a 79.6% chance to head to the Trojans in their Recruiting Prediction Machine. That's 69.4% more than their next closest school (Miami).

It looks like Brandon Inniss wants to be a USC Trojan.

And the USC Trojans want Brandon Inniss too. Who wouldn't? Inniss is the No. 9 player in the entire country (247Sports), and his scouting report from 247Sports Southeast Recruiting Analyst Andrew Ivins is something that nobody can ignore. Ivins described Inniss as "one of the most college-ready wide receivers to come out of the high school ranks in recent years."

Ivins says that Inniss is the type of receiver who can take over games, and his route running and competitive drive can beat double coverage. In fact, Ivins recalled a situation when Inniss was an eighth grader, but was mistaken for a senior in high school due to how refined his skills were as a receiver...He's not even a senior in high school now.

It's not that he's some giant athlete. He's not undersized--but he's not a freak. At 6'0", 190 pounds, he can hang with the big corners, but doesn't overpower them with his size. He overpowers them with his toughness. Ivins cites that Inniss is fine with lowering his shoulder and knocking defenders out. He adds that he can block, and has always overachieved against older competition in camps in addition to his elite production in games.

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Despite USC having lengthy depth at receiver, Inniss could still play once he gets here for the 2023 season. The chase for him isn't over, however, as the Early Signing Period is still nine months away. It's time for Riley to close the deal, and give himself yet another elite talent he can use as a pass-catching weapon for Caleb Williams.