UCLA supposedly breeds linebackers. USC boisterously grows pass-catchers. Remember when colleges were accredited based upon educational merits?
Neither Justin Long nor my former senior-self should be answering that question. In any case, Wide Receiver U is not a heinous claim to make in regards to the Trojans track record of this still young millennium.
Rather than as recently as the nineties when the aerial attack relied solely on one Gary Wellman, Johnnie Morton, or Keyshawn Johnson, Southern California has been consistent and versatile in their colorful grooming and display of flankers year after year. Shockingly enough, most of these kids were allegedly recruited legally or resided on campus with minimal drama.
While preseason top-five NFL prospect Marqise Lee prepares to ride Traveler along Sunset Boulevard at season's end, Nelson Agholor appears prime to be the latest cardinal n' gold breakout star. Lee similarly followed the coattails of Robert Woods, who proceeded RoJo, and so on. It's a conveyor belt of offensive talent operated by bunnies on spring break.
Of course, from Paul Hackett's freshman phenom Kareem Kelly to renowned All-American Steve Smith, subsequent professional busts are aplenty amongst this group. Simultaneous sprinter Kelly never caught on, while bum knees forced Smith into early retirement.
Keary Colbert was a background journeyman. Patrick Turner has all but flamed out. Damian Williams managed to bury himself under Tennessee's depth chart. Mike Williams went to Detroit. That last aforementioned train wreck was YET outdone by Dwayne Jarrett's ultimate failure to live up to expectations.
Be all of that as it may, the Spirit of WR Troy thrived in the Coliseum, Pac 10/12, and Rose (or Emerald...) Bowls. Few other programs' resumes hold their own in comparison.
So, during their eminent reunion in 2033, one of these stallions turned stale (apologies to Woods and Lee) must be elected keynote speaker. Who is USC's best wide receiver - statistically or symbolically - of the 21st century?
Vote below, and bubble wrap Agholor if you get the chance.