The USC Trojans can welcome another running back to the recruiting class, that would be former Cal Poly tailback Lance Mudd. The Poway native intends on transferring as a walk-on, and this will be his second official season at the collegiate ranks. That means Mudd has three years of eligibility left that he can utilize over a four-year span on campus.
In his first year at Cal Poly, Mudd carried the rock 30 times for 187 yards for the Mustangs, who finished sixth in the Big Sky Conference with a 7-5 overall record. Mudd broke both bones in his left forearm in high school, which derailed his recruitment to Pac-12 and Mountain West schools right out of Poway High School.
According to a report from the San Luis Obispo Tribune, head coach Steve Sarkisian was one of the coaches recruiting Mudd back when he was with Washington. As we all know, the Trojans are thin at the running back position with just Tre Madden and Justin Davis returning as the lone scholarship tailbacks.
Walk-on James Toland IV, who spurned other scholarship offers as a preferred walk-on at USC, rushed for 102 yards this past season, but depth at the position would be an added commodity at this point in the season.
Here is Mudd's prep recruiting tape from his days with Poway High School.