There’s been a lot of criticism about the USC recruiting as of late. However there was a slight shift in momentum on Saturday afternoon. Four star wide receiver Gary Bryant Jr. announced his commitment to the Trojans during the 3rd quarter of the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. Bryant committed to USC over Oregon, Washington, Oklahoma, and Arizona State.
During a time where blue chip talent are leaving the state of California, Bryant opted to not follow the trend and stay close to home at USC. He will now join former high school teammate and current Trojans defensive end Drake Jackson.
Bryant is ranked as the No. 9 wide receiver in the 2020 recruiting class and No. 7 in the state of California per the 247 Sports composite. At 5’10, 164 pounds, the four star wide receiver out of Corona Centennial becomes the highest rated player in the Trojans 2020 recruiting class. During his senior season at Centennial Bryant hauled in 58 receptions for 1,134 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also has 2 carries for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Bryant adds a dynamic big play ability to an already loaded and talented USC wide receiving group. He showed a glimpse of that during the first half of the All-American game with a 47 yard touchdown catch. The quarterback who threw him the pass? Former Trojans commit and Alabama bound quarterback Bryce Young.
USC lost Michael Pittman Jr. to graduation and Velds Jones Jr. to the transfer portal. However, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Drake London, Bru McCoy, Munir McClain, John Jackson III, and Kyle Ford will return to the roster while Tyler Vaughns mulls his decision on the NFL Draft or returning to USC for another year. Bryant could potentially find early playing time as he will give offensive coordinator Graham Harrell and quarterback Kedon Slovis and/or JT Daniels another weapon in the Trojans air raid offense.
Bryant now joins four star wide receiver Josh Jackson Jr. as the only wide receivers in the Trojans 2020 recruiting class. However, despite the recent commitment of Bryant, the Trojans only moved up to 10th in the Pac-12 recruiting rankings. They do move up to No. 56 in the national recruiting rankings, which is still far bellow the norm for USC.