USC Trojans recruiting has been either quiet or negative the past couple weeks. With the Trojans dropping games, comes some former commits dropping the Trojans. However, after the loss to UCLA on Saturday, one bright spot for USC recruiting is the announcement of Kyle Ford’s Top 5 schools.
Five-star wide receiver Kyle Ford is one of USC’s biggest targets. Coming out of the class of 2019 from Orange Lutheran High School, the hometown cardinal and gold team has always been on Ford’s radar. Some of the greatest college football wide receivers of all-time have come out of USC, and Ford has the talent to be among the greats.
During his career at Orange Lutheran which was cut short after suffering a season ending knee injury in September, Ford recorded 2,874 yards and 26 touchdowns. Watching Ford go up against high school defenders, he looks like a man among boys. He towers over his opponents and has no trouble finding the end zone.
At 6-foot-2, 212 pounds, Ford is the No. 5 wide receiver in the nation and the No. 3 recruit in the state of California. He has been compared to former Trojan JuJu Smith-Schuster, which says something about his explosive ability.
His SPARQ test results are a strong showing of his speed and skill as well. The following is a break down of his overall rating:
40-yard dash: 4.68 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.33 seconds
Vertical jump: 35.6 inches
Power throw: 44.0 feet (best among recruits)
Overall SPARQ rating: 115.32
The Army All-American Bowl commit released his Top 5 schools on Sunday and has USC in the mix with Colorado, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington. Ford’s crystal ball predictions have him heavily favored to commit to the Trojans, though as high school football recruiting fans know, anything can happen on signing day.
Ford is set to announce his commitment on January 5, 2019. If he were to pledge to the Trojans, he would be among fellow 2019 wide receiver commits Puka Nacua, Drake London, and Munir McClain.