USC football’s 2019 recruiting class left a few gaps to fill as the Trojans look to the 2020 recruiting cycle. What are the five biggest concerns going forward?
Every recruiting class is designed to fill one need or another, but there is always work to be done in the next cycle.
That’s particularly the case for USC football’s 2020 recruiting class, after the Trojans signed a full, but not particularly strong, 2019 class.
Here are USC’s five biggest recruiting concerns heading into the 2020 cycle:
5. Wide receiver
It wasn’t so long ago that USC had an embarrassment of riches at wide receiver, but the idea that the Trojans are deep at the position won’t last unless they continue to strengthen.
Michael Pittman will graduate after the 2019 season and both Tyler Vaughns and Velus Jones Jr. will be eligible for the NFL. If they thrive in Graham Harrell’s Air Raid, USC must be prepared for their early departure.
Meanwhile, it remains entirely possible Keyshawn “Pie” Young will follow the lead of Trevon Sidney and Josh Imatorbhebhe by putting his name in the transfer portal.
The addition of three players in the class of 2019, plus the expected arrival of 2018 prospect John Jackson III, will offset some depth concerns. Even so, USC won’t have much more than a two-deep at wide receiver in 2019.
Plus, the Trojans were set to take Bru McCoy and Puka Nacua in the class. Losing both means those spots are still there to be filled.
Six of the Top 20 players in California for 2020 are receivers. USC should be right in the mix for them, though the recruiting landscape in the post-Tee Martin era may be less generous to the Trojans.