Another National Signing Day has come and gone and USC has closed another highly ranked class. That’s something Trojan fans have come to expect. Don’t let that get in the way of fully appreciating what happened here.
There are a great many number of things to appreciate besides that too. Like…
…being able to correctly type out SCigning. That’s more difficult than it sounds. It just looks weird, which it throws me off because I spell by sight. Nothing could prevent me from giving up that PAT of puns though. College PAT, not the NFL 33-yarders. Easy peasy.
There was also the emergence of Kobe Buffalomeat—a name that sounds like it came out of a Key and Peele skit. I spent some time with my friend trying to verify if that name was real and, let me tell you, it was about as difficult as spelling SCigning.
On to the things you actually care about…
You already know about the spring enrollees (based on consensus of 247, Scout, and Rivals rankings)
3-star OT Andrew Voorhees
4-star QB Jack Sears
3-star LB Tayler Katoa
2-star Longsnapper Damon Johnson
4-star DT Marlon Tuipulotu
Always great to get people on campus early. They get to start learning right away and, perhaps, make an instant impact. Someone like Damon Johnson better learn fast because he will probably have to start right away no matter where he’s at developmentally whereas Sears will most likely not be playing unless some major incidents happen.
The rest I’ll just link to because they do a better job of including all necessary information
The headliners of the class were the following:
5-star RB Stephen Carr
4-star OLB Levi Jones
5-star OT Austin Jackson
5-star DT Jay Tufele
5-star WR Joseph Lewis
4-star ATH Greg Johnson
The latter five made their big announcements on signing day last week.
Despite getting great recruits, the class is solid because of balanced numbers on offense and defense and filling areas of need. As if that wasn’t good enough, the coaching staff managed to get an advance scholarship to 4-star OT Jalen McKenzie.
Some star ratings may be on the lower side, but due to need, they are much more valuable than their rating would imply. As a result, I’m going to attempt a few modifications to better illustrate the immediate impact. I mean, you can’t really predict the trajectory and success of a high schooler 3 to 7 years later with some stinking stars anyway.
But let’s not stop there. Since this is City of Angles, we don’t settle for no star ratings ’round here, ya hear? Instead, we have angle ratings. By my horrific math count, there are 10 angles per star, so every star is worth 10.
35-angle OT Andrew Voorhees
35-angle WR Joseph Lewis
40-angle DT Brandon Pili
40-angle ATH Greg Johnson
45-angle DT Marlon Tuipulotu
45-angle OT Jalen McKenzie
45-angle OT Alijah Vera-Tucker
50-angle DT Jay Tufele
60-angle LS Damon Johnson
Okay, I’m done trolling. This is actually really difficult. Show some appreciate to Scout, Rivals, and 247 for their solid work. See you next time.