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USC Football Recruiting 2019: National Signing Day Preview

Can USC have another strong finish on National Signing Day?

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National Signing Day will be an important one for the USC Trojans. January has been a month full of drama filled with transfers and coaching changes. Currently the Trojans’ recruiting class sits at No. 18 in the national rankings, which is their lowest in years, however USC usually finishes strong. Will they do it again this year?

Can USC hold on to Puka Nacua and Kyle Ford?

USC currently have the verbal commitments of a pair of four-star wide receivers in Puka Nacua and Kyle Ford. With the departure of Kliff Kingsbury, many wondered if the duo would flip their commitments. The hire of Graham Harrell eases things in a way, but Washington and Oregon are making a heavy push towards flipping both Nacua and Ford. USC already lost Bru McCoy and is currently dealing with the transfer of three receivers that were on roster. Holding onto Nacua and Ford will be vital to the Trojans on Wednesday.

Defensive Back Depth

The Trojans currently face depth issues at defensive back and will look to replenish it with a few commits. They currently have the commitment of three-star JUCO cornerback Jaylen Watson and three-star safety Kaulana Makaula. They also have four-star defensive back Max Williams and three-star cornerback Trey Davis, who signed their letters of intent during the early signing day period. More signees could possibly be coming their way as the Trojans are in the running for a few more defensive backs. Three-star safety Jayden Williams, three-star defensive back Dorian Hewett, and three-star cornerback Adonis Otey all will have the Trojans as a finalist and could select to attend USC.

Can USC finish strong?

In recent years USC has always finished strong during National Signing Day. This season there is a lot of uncertainty with this year’s recruiting class, which is due in part to the staff changes made and late pushes on recruits by other programs. USC is still in the running for a couple of four-star prospects, such as offensive tackle Enokk Vimahi out of Kahuku, Hawaii. Will the Trojans have another strong finish? It won’t be the class that many USC fans expect from them, but it could still be a solid class.

Surprise commits and flips to USC?

USC hosted Alabama commit Keilan Robinson this past weekend. The Trojans already lost the commitment of four-star running back Jordan Wilmore and will be looking to add another running back to the roster. Flipping an Alabama commit would be a huge surprise on National Signing Day. Another possible flip is three-star offensive lineman Dawand Jones. Most projections have the 6-foot-8, 360 pound Indianapolis product committing to Ohio State, however USC is still in the running and made his Top Five back in December.