USC’s Class of 2019 Signings

After the worst USC Football season since 2000, Clay Helton’s Trojans sputtered in recruiting, putting in their poorest class on record, ranking 20th when all was said and done. The class will forever be remembered for losing Bru McCoy to transfer just days after he enrolled, and flip of Puka Nacua to Washington days after Signing Day in February.

But the Trojans still signed playmakers despite their struggles. Four-star local standouts Kyle Ford and Drake Jackson headline a talented-yet-underwhelming 2019 haul.

What to Know About the 2019 Class

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247 Sports Composite Rank: 20th


Early Signees (19):

DE

drake jackson

6-4, 260 lbs, ★★★★

Although he could move to outside linebacker, Jackson is the 12th-best strongside defensive end per the 247Sports Composite and picked the Trojans over ASU on Early Signing Day… Read more >>

WR

drake london

6-4, 200 lbs, ★★★★

A dual-sport athlete, Moorpark’s Drake London brings a lot of athleticism to the Trojans, both as a wide receiver for football, and a guard prospect on Andy Enfield’s basketball team… Read more >>

TE

ethan rae

6-4, 240 lbs, ★★★★

One of two USC tight ends in the 2019 class, Orange Lutheran’s Ethan Rae is a big, strong body who helps the Trojans re-stock a position of need… Read more >>

OL

jason rodriguez

6-6, 326 lbs, ★★★★

At 6-foot-6, 326 pounds, Jason Rodriguez out of Hesperia has been the Trojans’ highest ranked recruit for much of the recruiting cycle… Read more >>

LB

maninoa tufono

6-3, 225 lbs, ★★★★

Punahou four-star Maninoa Tufono is yet another USC linebacker recruit from Hawaii. He sits as the Aloha State’s 3rd-overall prospect for 2019… Read more >>

CB

max williams

5-8, 173 lbs, ★★★★

Defensive back Max Williams saw his 2018 cut short with an ACL tear, but he comes to the Trojans as part of the pipeline from Serra High School in Gardena… Read more >>

TE

jude wolfe

6-5, 249 lbs, ★★★★

At a smidgen under 6-foot-6, St. John Bosco’s Jude Wolfe is the No. 7 tight end in the 2019 class… Read more >>

S

Briton Allen

6-0, 186 lbs, ★★★

Just weeks after committing to Georgia Tech, three-star safety Briton Allen out of the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. flipped to USC on Early Signing Day… Read more >>

DT

dejon benton

6-2, 260 lbs, ★★★

California’s 108th-ranked recruit, Dejon Benton of Pittsburg flipped from Washington State on USC on Early Signing Day… Read more >>

RB

Kenan Christon

5-10, 185 lbs, ★★★

Standing 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, Christon isn’t the biggest running back out there, but he may be among the fastest as a track star at Madison High School… Read more >>

DB

Trey Davis

6-0, 185 lbs, ★★★

One of USC’s earliest commitments for the 2019 class, three-defensive back Trey Davis comes to Los Angeles from Federal Way High School in Washington… Read more >>

DE

nick figueroa

6-5, 270 lbs, ★★★

Figueroa comes to the Trojans as the top junior college defensive end in the country out of Riverside CC, after originally starting at FCS Cal Poly… Read more >>

LB

ralen goforth

6-2, 224 lbs, ★★★

The brother of former UCLA defensive back Randall Goforth, Ralen picked USC on Early Signing Day. The St. John Bosco Brave ranks as the No. 22 linebacker in the class… Read more >>

OL

Tilini Livai

6-3, 300 lbs, ★★★

Narbonne offensive lineman Tilini Livai committed to the Trojans in December as soon as he got offered. The three-star, 300-pounder projects as a guard… Read more >>

WR

Munir McClain

6-4, 210 lbs, ★★★

The brother of USC edge rusher Abdul-Malik McClain, J Serra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano) wide receiver Munir McClain committed to the Trojans for the 2019 class as a three-star with a high upside… Read more >>

DE

Gino Quinones

6-2, 230 lbs, ★★★

A three-star defensive end for St. Louis High School in Hawaii, Quinones picked up an offer from USC in May and didn’t wait to make his pledge to the Trojans… Read more >>

QB

Kedon Slovis

6-2, 186 lbs, ★★★

With five-stars JT Daniels and Bryce Young having signed in 2018 and committed for 2020, the Trojans went out and grabbed three-star prospect Kedon Slovis from Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale for 2019… Read more >>

LB

Stanley Taufoou

6-2, 245 lbs, ★★★

Taufoou is a three-star prospect out of Grace Brethren High School in Simi Valley and ranks as the nation’s 33rd-best linebacker… Read more >>

P

ben griffiths

6-6, 218 lbs, NR

27-year-old Australian Ben Griffiths is slated to be the Trojans’ next punter. He retired from Aussie Rules football in 2018 and comes after transitioning to a punter with the help of Prokick Australia… Read more >>

Signing Day Signees (7):

WR

Kyle Ford

6-2, 212 lbs, ★★★★

After the loss of Bru McCoy, four-star Orange Lutheran playmaker Kyle Ford headlines USC’s 2019 class. The 6-foot-2 receiver is the highest rated new Trojan, sitting 38th nationally in the 247Sports Composite… Read more >>

DB

Dorian Hewett

6-1, 185 lbs, ★★★

Texas speedster Dorian Hewett out of Houston signed with the Trojans fresh off a state title with North Shore High School… Read more >>

DB

Kaulana Makaula

6-3, 190 lbs, ★★★

The three-star safety out of Punahou High School in Honolulu joins teammate Maninoa Tufono on their college journey together in Los Angeles… Read more >>

LB

Tuasivi Nomura

6-1, 210 lbs, ★★★

Corona Centennial’s Tuasivi Nomura is a versatile linebacker capable of playing safety, who comes to the Trojans as the 55th-best outside linebacker in the 247Sports Composite… Read more >>

DB

Adonis Otey

5-11, 180 lbs, ★★★

Previously committed to Arkansas, Otey was a late add for the Trojans in the defensive backfield, registering as the 52nd-ranked cornerback in the nation… Read more >>

DB

Jaylen Watson

6-2, 195 lbs, ★★★

A junior college transfer from Ventura College, Watson is another defensive back brought in by Greg Burns to help build depth in the Trojans’ secondary… Read more >>

DB

Jayden Williams

6-1, 190 lbs, ★★★

The third Corona Centennial in the Trojans’ 2019 class, Jayden Williams is a capable safety who ranked 120th among all California prospects… Read more >>

Ratings derived from the 247Sports Composite.


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