USC grant breakdown: Where is the list of trojans after the transfer portal deadline

LOS ANGELES — Spring football is over and the deadline to enter the transfer portal while retaining eligibility at another school for the 2022 season has passed. So we have a pretty good idea of ​​what USC’s bare minimum of talent is this fall. There is still time for some notable additions – including a very notable one – but now that this portal window is basically closed, we know how much scholarship flexibility the trojans have and what posts are still needed.

It is a good time to examine the USC scholarship distribution by position and analyze the remaining gaps and analyze what can be done about them before week 1.

Quarterbacks (3)

Mo Hasan, R-Sr.
Caleb Williams, So.
Miller Moss, R-Fr.

Commitments/Signatories for 2022: None

Remarks: USC has three scholarship quarterbacks, but Hasan tore his Achilles tendon this spring, seriously threatening his 2022 season.

The Trojans have a high-profile starter in Williams. Moss appeared to be making steady progress under Riley this spring, giving fans some reasons to be optimistic about his potential as a backup quarterback. But rolling into the season with just two healthy scholarship quarterbacks is far from ideal.

On the first day of spring training, Riley didn’t rule out the possibility of bringing in a quarterback via the transfer portal, but the Trojans would face an extremely tough pitch with Moss, who would cause a stir this spring, and Malachi’s five-star signing Nelson will join the program in January.

running back (4)

Travis Dye, R-Sr.
Austin Jones, Sr.
Darwin Barlow, R Jr.

2022 Committed/Signed: Four-Star Raleek Brown

Remarks: Brown is used in an all-purpose role and will be spending a lot of time in the slot, so he shouldn’t be viewed as a traditional running back. That leaves USC with three fellows in the position. Dye carried a heavy burden for Oregon’s offense last year, and Jones recently started for a Pac-12 program (Stanford). Then there’s Barlow, who flashed in spurts.

It may not be USC’s greatest need, but adding depth here would help, although the Trojans would need to convince a transfer to wait a year for a clearer path at game time.

Receiver (10)

Terrell Bynum, R-Sr.
John Jackson III, Sr.
Kyle Ford, R Jr.
Tahj Washington, R-Jr.
Brenden Reis Jr.
Gary Bryant Jr., Sun.
Mario Williams, Sun.
Michael Jackson, Sun.
Kyron Ware-Hudson, R-Fr.
CJ Williams, Mrs.

Commitments/Signatories for 2022: None

Remarks: USC could go into this season and do well with that group, but it’s still missing a real No. 1 target. Enter coveted Pitt signing Jordan Addison, who won the 2021 Biletnikoff Award. Of course, Alabama and others will have a say in where Addison ends up in the coming weeks.

Now that the transfer deadline has passed, worries about potentially losing a wideout to Addison have seemingly lessened – unless one of those recipients feels comfortable missing a year.

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Again, this isn’t USC’s most urgent need, but if you have the opportunity to add someone like Addison, do it.

Tight End (5)

Josh Falo, R-Sr.
Malcolm Epps, R-Sr.
Ethan Rae, R Jr.
Jude Wolfe, R Jr.
See McRee, R-Fr.

Commitments/Signatories for 2022: None

Remarks: It’s not the most dynamic group – losing Michael Trigg to Ole Miss definitely hurts in that regard – but the Trojans are still good at the tight end. However, this position was a priority in recruitment. USC has been closely following blue-chip prospects of 2023, Walker Lyons and Duce Robinson, in preparation to build on the tight end for the future.

Offensive line (13)

Brett Neilon, R-Sr.
Andrew Vorhees, R-Sr.
Justin Dedich, R-Sr.
Bobby Haskins, R-Sr.
Gino Chinones, R-Jr.
Jason Rodriguez, R Jr.
Courtland Ford, R-So.
Jonah Monheim, R-Fr.
Andres Dewerk, R-So.
Andrew Milek, R-So.
Caadyn Stephen, R-So.
Max Gibbs, So.
Mason Murphy, R-Fr.

Commitments/Signatories for 2022: None

Remarks: Neilon and Vorhees seem pretty fixated on starting places. If Haskins and Dedich join them in the starting XI, USC would have four seniors on its offensive line this fall.

That’s a major concern not only for this fall, when the Trojans may only have 13 offensive grantees, but for the future as well. Fixing this issue is easier said than done as high quality offensive linemen are not easy to find in the portal. I think USC would be happy if they could get an additional quality lineman this summer. Last weekend, Butler Community College offensive lineman Cooper Lovelace hosted the program, who also has offers from Florida, Oklahoma State and Iowa State.

line of defense (11)

Brandon Pili, R-Sr.
Nick Figueroa, R-Sr.
Solomon Tuliaupupu, R-Sr.
Tyrone Taleni, Sr.
Stanley Tau’ufo’ou, R-Jr.
Earl Barquet, R Jr.
De’Jon Benton, R-Jr.
Tuli Tuipulotu Jr.
Kobe Pepe, R-So.
Jamar Sekona, R-So.
Colin Mobley, R-Fr.

Commitments/Signatories for 2022: None

Remarks: USC could certainly use some help here a year after exploiting this weakness with multiple opposing offenses. The defensive line is the squad’s most worrying position group at the moment. Tuipulotu is really good, but there aren’t many proven players around him, and those who’ve blitzed in spurts in the past haven’t always been the healthiest (Figueroa) or most consistent (Pili).

The Trojans were pursuing the transfer of Casey Rogers from Nebraska, but he recently opted for Oregon, where his former defensive line coach Tony Tuioti now holds the same position.

Arizona State defensive line transfer Jermayne Lole is arguably the best defender on the transfer portal, and the Long Beach, California native could definitely help USC along the defensive line. However, according to a source, there is a catch related to the required credits that prevents the Trojans from tracking it.

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Lole is currently scheduled to visit Louisville, Florida, Texas Tech and Oregon. Meanwhile, USC will have to look elsewhere for transfer portal help.

hurry end (4)

Tayler Katoa, R-Sr.
Romello Height, R-So.
Korey Foreman, So.

2022 Committed/Signed: Three Star Devan Thompkins

Remarks: Like everyone else in the country, USC wants more pass-rush help. The size made a really strong impression during the bouncy ball and based on what coaches and players said during those 15 training sessions it might be wise to buy stock in him.

Foreman has the talent, but his full potential hasn’t been unlocked for one reason or another since arriving at USC. If he can become a more consistent player during his sophomore year in college football, it will go a long way in filling that need.

Inside Linebackers (8)

Shane Lee, Sr.
Ralen Goforth, Sr.
Chris Thompson Jr., Jr.
Tuasivi Nomura, R-Jr.
Eric Gentry, So.
Raesjon Davis, So.
Julien Simon, R-Fr.

2022 Committed/Signed: Three Star Garrison Madden

Remarks: USC was in dire need of a linebacker upgrade this offseason and has made some pretty good strides. Lee immediately became one of the dressing room managers after arriving from Alabama. He was a freshman All-American in 2019 but has been held back by injuries for the past two seasons.

Goforth has started the last two seasons, but the Trojans just added Gentry, a freshman All-America linebacker at Arizona State last season, who will be pushing for that starting role.

The rest of the group carries many question marks. Can Davis make more positive steps forward? What is Simon’s outlook? Is there anything Thompson can offer this group after coming out of safety?

It’s also worth keeping an eye on Utah transfer Carson Tabaracci, who visited USC last weekend.

Defender (17)

Mekhi Blackmon, R-Sr.
Brit Allen, R-Jr.
Adonis Otey, R Jr.
Max Williams, R Jr.
Bryson Shaw, Jr.
Xavion Alford, R-So.
Joshua Jackson Jr., R-So.
Jaylin Smith, So.
Latrell McCutchin, So.
Calen Bullock, So.
Ceyair Wright, R-Fr.
Prophet Brown, R-Fr.
Anthony Beavers Jr., R-Fr.
Xamarion Gordon, R-Fr.
Domani Jackson, P.

2022 Signed/Signed: Four-Star Safety Zion Branch, Four-Star Cornerback Fabian Ross

Remarks: Blackmon is a big favorite to start on the corner after the change this offseason. He’s an exception in a group that’s generally underexperienced. The rest of the secondary still needs some maturation on the field, but Bullock has star potential and Williams should be solid at nickel.

The spring game looked like a tough performance for the secondary school, but Blackmon and several other contributors missed the game. Due to injuries, cornerback looked like a particularly thin position group this spring. That could be why USC is pursuing Washington transfer Jacobe Covington at this point. The Trojans have already brought Bryson Shaw to the state of Ohio for added security.

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Specialists (2)

K Alex Stadthaus (R-Sr.)

Committed in 2022/Signatories: Atticus Bertrams, Fr.

Remarks: USC seems set for punters and kickers with Stadthaus returning and Bertrams set to join the group this summer.

Non-NFL departures (23)

Transfer portal (21): QB Kedon Slovis (Pitt), DL Jacob Lichtenstein (Miami), K Parker Lewis (Ohio State), OL Liam Douglass, LB Hunter Echols (Arizona), LB Raymond Scott (Fresno State), LB Juliano Falaniko (Idaho), RB Kenan Christon, DB Chase Williams (San Jose State), WR Joseph Manjack IV (Houston), OL Casey Collier (Oklahoma State), QB Jaxson Dart (Ole Miss), TE Michael Trigg (Ole Miss), WR Bru McCoy (Tennessee) , DB Jayden Williams (Louisville), DL Ishmael Sopsher, LB Kaulana Makaula (Hawaii), DL Maninoa Tufono, RB Brandon Campbell (Houston), OL Ty Buchanan (Texas Tech), LB Eli’Jah Winston

Exit program (2): Dorian Hewett, Jake Smith

Unofficial grant number: 77

Final Thoughts: I think there’s a surprise on two fronts with this transfer portal wave. The first is that after the Spring Ball ended, less talent than expected flocked to the portal. The second is that there weren’t a few more USC players entering the transfer portal. Winston was the only Trojan to enter the portal after the Spring Ball ended. Addison remains the most well-known target, although it’s far from certain that he’ll end up at USC. There are also less flashy but still intriguing options like Tabaracci on the radar.

During spring training, Riley estimated the Trojans would have double-digit transfer fees this spring. They’ve brought in Shaw and Gentry so far, and with eight open scholarships, USC still has room to hit that double-digit mark. Whether there are enough good players to fill those spots remains to be seen.

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