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USC Football Recruiting: 2019 unsigned recruits to target

The USC Trojans need to set their sights on top unsigned California talent to boost their recruiting class.

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The USC Trojans’ 2019 recruiting class is led by three four-star recruits: Jason Rodriguez, Maninoa Tufono and Max Williams. As National Signing day approaches, the Trojans must focus on signing two major in-state prospects: Bru McCoy and Kyle Ford.

Bru McCoy

McCoy is as electric of a prospect as there is coming out of high school. Rated as the top athlete in the 2019 recruiting class according to 247Sports and ESPN, McCoy is a 6-foot-3, 205 pound player that can do it all on the field. One of the best traits he possesses is his ability to catch the football in tough coverage. An example of this:

McCoy doesn’t just play wide receiver though. At Mater Dei High School, McCoy also played outside linebacker for the Monarchs. In his varsity career, he recorded 49 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. He is projected to be a very unique two way player for whichever school he decides to attend. Now, which university is he going to you may ask? Well, back in June, he cut his list to eight schools: the Texas Longhorns, USC Trojans, Florida State Seminoles, Washington Huskies, Alabama Crimson Tide, UCLA Bruins, Oklahoma Sooners and Oregon Ducks. The two teams that seem to be firmly in the lead to land McCoy’s services are the Trojans and the Longhorns. According to 247Sports’ “Crystal Ball Predictions,” conducted by its leading recruiting experts, the Trojans seem to have the edge when it comes to signing McCoy.

The Trojans badly need his signature, as they have already missed out on other big time California recruits like defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux and running back Zach Charbonnet. McCoy is set to announce his decision on January 5, the day of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Prediction: McCoy stays in-state and USC gets a massive boost to its recruiting class with his signature

Kyle Ford

Ford is a 6-foot-2, 209 pound wide receiver that already has the body of an established NFL pass catcher and would fit right in with USC’s heralded receiver corps.

Ford is a player who uses his body to physically overwhelm the cornerbacks covering him. In his two-year varsity career at Orange Lutheran High School, Ford finished with 120 receptions, 1,924 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns in 17 games played. His senior season was cut short after suffering a torn ACL in a game that occurred late September. While the knee injury certainly is a setback, Ford is expected to make a full recovery and return better than ever. Why do the Trojans need his services? Well, his presence will provide an added boost to an already good flock of USC receivers like standouts Amon-Ra St. Brown and Tyler Vaughns. While St. Brown and Vaughns played well for the Trojans this past year, quarterback JT Daniels needs a big receiver on the outside that is able to stretch the field and Ford would fill that hole perfectly. Ford has taken five official visits during his recruitment process. The official visits were at the campuses of the Colorado Buffaloes, Washington Huskies, Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans. According to 247Sports’ “Crystal Ball Predictions,” the Trojans are huge favorites to sign Ford.

Ford is expected to announce his decision on January 5, the day of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, just like McCoy. Clay Helton, Kliff Kingsbury and the rest of the Trojan coaching staff are hoping they can pair this big time receiver with Daniels.

Prediction: USC secures another Top Five California prospect in Ford and takes its recruiting class to greater heights