Taking back the West also includes retaining those top-tier players who already reside on the west coast, and keeping them from east coast or midwestern teams that they’ve so recently decided to attend.
Jaylin Davies would be a huge step in keeping the west-coast talent in fact on the west coast as the Mater Dei star recently handed out his top four schools on social media.
Taking back the West would also include beating other Pac-12 schools for the services of such players like Davies, so the battle isn’t over, not by a long shot.
Davies is a four-star cornerback prospect, standing at 6’1, 165 pounds and hailing from powerhouse Mater Dei High School. He’s ranked as the 12th-best cornerback overall and the 13th-best player in the state of California. He’s got over 20 total scholarship offers and a final four teams of Oregon, Ohio State, Arizona State and your USC Trojans.
He also had an incredibly succinct, positive thing to say about USC when discussing his top four programs with Eleven Warriors.
That’s got to be very refreshing, and hopefully is a large draw, because USC needs all the help they can get on the backend of their defense with how pass-happy some of these Pac-12 offenses are shaping up over the next few years.
His ball skills and ability to stick to wide receivers has been tested with the level of talent he’s faced already in his high school days, and would likely pencil to play valuable snaps right away with USC.
Greg Biggins from 247Sports compared him to Vontae Davis of the Buffalo Bills, and wrote this as his evaluation:
A natural cover corner with good length and is still growing into his body. Long arms, strong in press coverage with the short-area quickness needed to break on the ball. Good not great long speed and, can improve as an athlete but has plenty of time to do so before he hits college. Plays with toughness and is a physical corner who will come up in run support and is an excellent tackler. Is a highly competitive player who likes the challenge of taking on another team’s best receiver. Shows good ball skills, is strong in jump-ball situations and has the size and strength to battle with bigger receivers. Projects as a impact upper tier Power 5 starter and future mid-round NFL draft pick.
There’s no timetable for his commitment as he had official visits planned but subsequently cancelled during the coronavirus shutdown, so we’ll remain optimistic that USC can land him. Until then, stay tuned for more and stay busy with some highlights: