The Early Signing Day is here and we’re covering everything about the USC Trojans as the news comes in. The class is already taking shape as early as 4:00 am and we’re on the news now.
Below is the Trojans’ commitment tracker, news as it comes to light, some brief analysis and much more as head coach Clay Helton rounds out his class.
Michael Trigg makes it official, signs his National Letter of Intent
As tough as they come, a team player, now a Trojan.— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 16, 2020
Welcome to USC, @mtrigg_23!#BLVDBound pic.twitter.com/O31YMMoLNG
Trigg is the state of Florida’s No. 1 TE recruit and the 128th-ranked overall recruit in the country. A dual-sport, two-side star, Trigg has incredible athleticism and will put that on display at USC in the Air Raid.
Colin Mobley come on down
From our Nation’s Capital to the City of Stars.— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 16, 2020
Welcome to USC, @selfmadecee_!#BLVDBound pic.twitter.com/Hbm8ypoFZv
Mobley is a top-35 defensive end prospect and one of the top prospects to call Maryland home for this circuit. Standing at 6’4, 260, he’s a big get for the defensive line.
TE Lake McRee is in
A conqueror makes his way home to LA.— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 16, 2020
Welcome to USC, @lake_mcree!#BLVDBound pic.twitter.com/jS5ehDFoYL
McRee is one of the state of Texas’ top overall prospects and an athletic tight end hailing from the vertical passing attack from the famed Lake Travis program. He ranks as the 21st-best tight end in the entire class.
Ty Buchanan is the second Texan on the board
It’s time to walk the BLVD.— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 16, 2020
Welcome to USC, @tybuchanan75!#BLVDBound pic.twitter.com/kUGIYnL2Pj
Buchanan made it two players hailing from the state of Texas in a row as the big guard prospect made it official with his National Letter of Intent. Buchanan ranks as the 39th-best guard prospect in the entire class but a top prospect in the state of Texas.
WR Joseph Manjack commits, signs LOI
Rumored to be one of the last big targets on their big board that was undecided when the clock stuck midnight, Manjack wasted no time in committing to USC by sending in his Letter of Intent. Manjack is the 121st-ranked receiver overall by 247Sports and a consensus 3-star recruit from Tomball, Texas.
The BLVD is yours.— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 16, 2020
Welcome to USC, @JosephManjack!#BLVDBound pic.twitter.com/eCuxsJFU01
A few more Signing Day surprises like this and the Trojans class can crack back into the national rankings in the top 10 possibly.
Brandon Campbell makes it four in a row
Brandon Campbell is #BLVDBound, inks with the Trojans.— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 16, 2020
Welcome to USC, @2021BC!#BLVDBound pic.twitter.com/wYs80xQ4Xu
On the West Coast, it’s surely expected to see some east-coast prospects as the first to sign, but it certainly is a rare sight for a West Coast program to sign four prospects from the great state of Texas in a row on Signing Day. But that’s exactly what USC did. Becoming the fourth straight prospect from Texas to sign his LOI to USC was RB Brandon Campbell, the nation’s 15th-best running back prospect for this class. A longtime USC commit, it’s great to have his name officially in.
Kyron Ware-Hudson officially joins the Trojans!
Ware-Hudson decommitted from the Oregon Ducks just over two weeks ago and made it official by signing his LOI with the Trojans on Early Signing Day.
California dreaming never dies.— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 16, 2020
Welcome to USC, @kyron___hudson.#BLVDBound pic.twitter.com/mJ65OnuGm4
Ware-Hudson was offered by USC on November 29 and decommitted from Oregon the day after. He made it official by sending his LOI on Wednesday and he’s a huge coup for the Trojans as he stands as the 22nd-best wide receiver prospect in the country. From Mater Dei High School, he also ranks as the 11th-best player in the state of California — and is a huge get for Clay Helton’s Taking Back the West mantra.
Maximus Gibbs is on the board!
Endless opportunity in the Media Capital of CFB.— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 16, 2020
Welcome to USC, @gibbs_maximus!#BLVDBound pic.twitter.com/kB99hP0yWO
Gibbs is a three-star prospect from the great state of California and his commitment gave the Trojans back-to-back Californian’s on the board. He’s the 45th-best guard prospect in the country and continues taking back the west!
Las Vegas WR Michael Jackson is in!
Michael Jackson made it official himself, signing his LOI with the Trojans on Wednesday.
It’s official!! @mike3jack signs with USC.— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 16, 2020
Welcome to the BLVD!#BLVDBound pic.twitter.com/OQM35j4jqg
Jackson is the state of Nevada’s fourth-best player this circuit and ranks as 62nd-best wide receiver prospect across the nation.
4-star OLB Julien Simon is a Trojan!
Simon made it official with his LOI on Wednesday, giving the Trojans ANOTHER four-star recruit!
The BLVD is where stars are born.— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 16, 2020
Welcome to USC, @_JulienSimon!#BLVDBound pic.twitter.com/bgRwb9VECB
Simon is the nation’s eighth-best outside linebacker prospect and the fourth-best player from the state of Washington. At 6’2, 221 pounds, he’s been compared to current NFL LB Myles Jack.
Trojans welcome Mason Murphy
Mason Murphy made it another Californian on the board for USC.
Always in a golden state of mind.— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 16, 2020
Welcome to USC, @big_murf77!#BLVDBound pic.twitter.com/TW1bbPa5FJ
Murphy ranked out as the 33rd-best player from the state of California and the 29th-best offensive tackle across the country. Big get for a big-time position of need for coach Helton and Co.
Prophet Brown makes it official
Brown, a top-ranked cornerback prospect from California, is officially a Trojan after sending in his LOI.
LAnd of Opportunity.— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 16, 2020
Welcome to USC, @ProphetPb!#BLVDBound pic.twitter.com/0yDp5244VK
Brown isn’t just a top-ranked player from California, he also ranks as the 12th-best cornerback prospect in the class. From Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove, he also ranks as the 14th-best player from the state of California.
Jaylin Smith is staying home
Smith, an athlete from Bishop Alemany, is officially a Trojan.
Tough. Disciplined. United.— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 16, 2020
Welcome to USC, @jayliinn_1k!#BLVDBound pic.twitter.com/v8B66OWnqf
Projected as a future mid-round NFL draft pick, Smith is a great fit for the Trojans’ defense in the secondary. He ranks as the country’s 21st-best athlete and the 29th-best player from California.
4-star safety Xamarion Gordon is a Trojan
Gordon made it official with his signed LOI on Wednesday, joining the Trojans Class of 2021.
Ready to make history.— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 16, 2020
Welcome to USC, @XamarionG!#BLVDBound pic.twitter.com/F6HmIzxaKp
Gordon is the 20th-ranked safety prospect nationally and the 22nd-best player from the state of California for this class. He stands 6’2, 190 and hails from Warren High School in Downey. He can bring the lumber in the secondary.
QB1 potentially signs on
Miller Moss made it official with his signed LOI, potentially marking the first of many significant days as a Trojan ahead for the signal-caller.
A rising star in Los Angeles stays in the City of Dreamers.— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 16, 2020
Welcome to USC, @millermoss7!#BLVDBound pic.twitter.com/RTGAxaVn7N
Moss is the 71st-best player overall for this class and the 7th-ranked pro-style passer for the class of 2021. He stands 6’2, nearly 200 pounds and also ranks as the state of California’s fifth-best player this season from Bishop Alemany High School.
Big news, big get, big-time player for USC.
Another 4-star is in
Anthony Beavers has officially signed on as a USC Trojan.
Taking to the LA Streets.— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 16, 2020
Welcome to USC, @BeaversAnthony!#BLVDBound pic.twitter.com/uFI2NBOvqE
Beavers is a four-star athlete, ranking out as the 19th-best player in the state of California. Hailing from Narbonne High School, Beavers projects at either safety or linebacker for the Trojans. He’s a likely hybrid but fits the mold perfectly for what the Trojans want to do defensively with his size and speed.
4-star Calen Bullock joins USC
The streets of LA are yours for the taking.— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 16, 2020
Welcome to USC, @CalenBullock!#BLVDBound pic.twitter.com/UEkKmI7P4H
Bullock played at nearby John Muir High School in Pasadena and is the 17th-best player in the state this cycle. He’s listed as an athlete but he has multiple positions that he can suit up for the Trojans including wide recover as well as just about any position in the secondary. He’s got great speed and great hands, and should fit in perfectly wherever the staff wants him to land.
Jaxson Dart is a Trojan
2 years in the making, it’s finally official for Jay Toia
Staying Home.— USC Football (@USC_FB) December 16, 2020
Welcome to USC, @JayToia_102!#BLVDBound pic.twitter.com/Q0JIRhujOD
Toia committed to USC in the summer of 2018 and now it’s finally official for the big man from Grace Brethren. The four-star defensive tackle is the 12th-ranked DT in the class and the 14th-best player in the state. He never waned from his USC commitment and is Fighting On for years to come!
Ma’a Gaoteote backs off USC commit, signs with Michigan State
Gaoteote had been committed to USC since early 2018 but backed off in the waning stages of the recruiting cycle, committing and pledging to the Michigan State Spartans on Signing Day. A top-200 player in this cycle, he becomes the ‘banner’ member of the Spartans’ class.