USC is thin at D-Line, and Wingo is one of the most sought-after defensive tackle transfers in the nation. Receiving all-SEC Freshman honors last year as just a true freshman, he's already grown quicker as a player than expected. In nine games, Wingo posted 27 tackles, two of them for loss, a sack, and a 40-yard pick six.
The 6'1," 275 pounder grew a little taller since he was a recruit, and SC needs to move with urgency. Wingo picked SC out of just four schools he wants to focus on in his transfer portal journey.
USC football needs to capitalize on Mekhi Wingo's visit to Los Angeles.
As far as the visit goes, this is new USC football defensive line coach Shaun Nua's chance to shine. How else would he rather make a great first impression on his new employer than by securing one of the best IDL transfers on the market in Mekhi Wingo, and prying him from the hands of the South.
It's being said that the west coast can't land hefty D-Lineman anymore. It's said that since there aren't as many out here in California, that Pac-12 teams will always struggle in that department. Who better to prove that wrong than Nua, a former NFL D-Lineman born even further west than the west coast of the USA in American Samoa?
Who better to prove that wrong than Nua, who began his collegiate career on the West Coast at Eastern Arizona College (JC), and ended it on the West Coast again in his strong career at BYU? He knows how to sell a D-lineman out here, and needs to flex the fact that he just coached up BOTH Heisman finalist Aidan Hutchison and David Ojabo at Michigan to what are likely to be top 15 NFL Draft picks this year.
If Lincoln Riley wants to make a statement right as his USC coaching career starts, grabbing Wingo would be quite the way to do that. Acquiring premium portal players like these is exactly how SC is going to return to the nationally dominant program it used to be.