On Thursday, USC football managed to hold onto Todd Orlando and bring in recruiting ace Bryan Carrington. Plus Donte Williams picked up and honor, Drake London was disrespected and more.
Let's get into the news from Feb. 4...
A quick Jack Sears update
Former USC quarterback Jack Sears is stuck on the wrong end of another quarterback battle.
According to the Idaho Statesman, Sears is "likely to be No. 2 on the depth chart against this season" behind incumbent starter Hank Bachmeier.
Sears ended up behind JT Daniels, Kedon Slovis and Matt Fink in multiple quarterback battles in Los Angeles.
Todd Orlando rejected Tennessee
USC football is heading into the 2021 season with a new offensive line and tight ends coach. They're fortunate not to be facing a late search for a new defensive coordinator as well.
On Thursday, Bruce Feldman reported Tennessee reached out to Todd Orlando regarding their open defensive coordinator spot under new head coach Josh Heupel.
Orlando rejected the approach and intends to stay with USC.
USC should be breathing a sigh of relief. Orlando is set to enter Year 2 with the Trojans after showing promising signs in 2020. Leaving would have revealed an utter lack of belief in what USC is trying to build. Sticking around means he's in for the longhaul with an exciting recruiting haul.
USC lands a big fish in Texas recruiting director Bryan Carrington
USC's pursuit of Bryan Carrington from Texas as apparently ended in success.
The Trojans are set to hire Carrington as a quality control analyst, according to Bruce Feldman. This is a major victory considering how LSU had previously tried to steal him away and failed.
Carrington is the equivalent of USC's Gavin Morris and his connections in the state of Texas could be an absolute game-changer for the Trojans on the recruiting trail.
Just think about what a difference Donte Williams had on the class of 2021. Carrington could be that guy for the class of 2022.
Interestingly, Carrington is coming to USC with an eye on breaking into the coaching ranks. He went moreorless straight from high school football to working in the background of programs like Houston and Texas when his dream of playing in college went unfulfulled, but he's never gotten a chance in a more hands on position.
Donte Williams goes back to back
Speaking of great recruiters, Donte Williams is being rightly recognized as the top recruiter in the country.
Nice to have him claiming that title in cardinal and gold and not for the Ducks anymore.
Drake London is being direspected
Any list of the top wide receivers that doesn't include Drake London is invalid. So Pro Football Focus' recent list of the Top 10 WRs returning in college football fits that bill.
Someone clearly hasn't spent enough time watching USC over the last couple of years. London is as dominant as they come and at least deserves to be in that group.
Put some respect on the man's name!