With consecutive successful recruiting classes, USC boasts a plethora of talent on both sides of the ball. However, one of the more overlooked positions on the Trojan roster harbors arguably the team's best player. We'll take a look the four wide receivers bound to make an impact this season who all face different circumstances.
The inevitable storm of junior Juju Smith-Schuster has the potential to absolutely devastate secondaries and propel himself into early NFL draft consideration. The 6'2", 215 lbs. blue chipper is coming off a sophomore season where he had 89 catches for 1,454 yards and 10 touchdowns. In all too familiar tale of an elite USC wide receiver having a great collegiate career but absolutely flopping thereafter, Smith-Schuster is poised to break that stigma and solidify himself as the premier wide out in college football. With a rare combination of size, speed and skill that has been foreign to USC in recent memory, Smith-Schuster's hyper-athleticism and tenacity will certainly create for one of the most remarkable seasons in Trojan history.
The big-bodied senior played the role of sidekick to Smith-Schuster in 2015, and was expected to fill a large role with the departures of George Farmer and Nelson Agholor. Rogers posted up a quiet season line of 28 receptions for 289 yards and three touchdowns. It was quite obvious all season long that the Trojans didn't have much at the wide receiver position outside of Smith-Schuster, and even incorporated the immensely talented Adoree' Jackson to help out on offense. In Rogers' time at USC, he has yet to figure how to use his body to his advantage and from his first step on the practice field and has become infamous for his dropped passes. With an infusion of young and highly touted talent coming into the fray in 2016, Rogers will need to have his best season yet to fend off the those rising on the depth chart.
Cementing his name into Long Beach City College lore is junior transfer De'Quan Hampton. In his collective 21 played games for the LBCC Vikings, Hampton racked up 114 receptions for 1,693 yards and 19 touchdowns. "MegaQuan" became a four-star recruit and one of the top JUCO players in the nation following a sophomore season where he was obviously a cut above of the competition. With an NFL-ready body at 6'4", 220 lbs., Hampton is expected to contribute right away and has the size and experience to make an immediate impact as both a downfield threat and primary red zone target.
The unexpected gem in this year's recruiting class is true freshman Josh Imatorbhebhe. With big time competition from Auburn, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Georgia and Stanford, the four-star recruit went with USC to join his brother, redshirt freshman tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe. Much like Adoree Jackson and Smith-Schuster two seasons ago, Imatorbhebhe has the type of special ability that will allow to make an immediate impact as a freshman and ultimately achieve an elite status. At 6'2", 205 lbs his crisp route running and blinding speed give way to hopes the next great USC wide receiver has already arrived.