The USC Trojan head coach, Lincoln Riley, has been a master in handling the transfer portal since taking over this position in Southern California. This year, he has the Trojans within the top 5 programs in utilizing the portal. Now, you can see that recruiting class climb up the rankings after the latest commitment from Georgia’s Defensive Lineman, Bear Alexander.
According to 24/7 Sports, Alexander is listed at 6-3 and 325 pounds. The highly regarded Sophomore has a composite rating of 0.9782 and was a four-star prospect coming out of the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. He was ranked the 50th-best player in the nation and the 9th Defensive Lineman in the 2022 recruiting class.
He saw limited playing time as a Freshman with the Bulldogs last year. He recorded nine total tackles, two for a loss, and another two sacks. However, he is a legitimate interior defensive lineman who could contribute in a big way for the Trojans this upcoming season.
Lincoln Riley’s defenses over the years have been highly scrutinized and are once again a topic of conversation this offseason. Riley is planning on making changes to this weak link in his football programs and adding depth is being addressed with this latest commitment.
In a recent interview, Riley explained the problems that happened.
"“The defense you played last year, there was a little bit of a sense of a handful of really good players and there was too much of a gap between those guys and everyone else. You have some really good outstanding individual players but the gap has closed because of that you have more competition and more depth.""- Cameron Salerno from 24/7 Sports
The Trojans now have the second-best football transfer ranking with a 92.36 rating. The only other school that is better than USC comes from another PAC-12 program, the Colorado Buffaloes with a 97.24 rating. Riley is doing his best to land the top defensive talent in the nation. Time will tell if it all pans out.