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National Signing Day 2019: Five-star wide receiver Kyle Ford signs with USC

Clay Helton and the USC Trojans able to hold on to wide receiver out of Orange Lutheran.

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Good news for the USC Trojans as the departure of former offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury did not have an effect on the commitment of Kyle Ford, as he signed with USC on National Signing Day.

The five-star wide receiver out of Orange Lutheran High School is staying local. Kyle Ford made it official on Wednesday, signing with USC and putting many Trojan fans’ minds at easy after rumors swirled that he might flip his commitment.

After the transfers of Tevon Sidney, Randall Grimes, Josh Imatorbhebhe, and five-star Bru McCoy, USC’s wide receiver unit is looking a little thin. Adding Ford’s talent to the depth chart is a huge win for the Trojans, and he will most likely see the field this season if fully recovered from a knee injury he suffered at the beginning of his senior season.

Ford is the No. 6 receiver in the nation and the No. 4 recruit in the state of California. At 6-foot-2, 212 pounds, he towered over his high school opponents. Through two years of varsity football Ford recorded 1,924 receiving yards, 120 catches, and 20 touchdowns per MaxPreps.

Ford’s hands, speed, and ability to win 50-50 balls saw him racking up an average of 16 yards per catch, and 113.2 yards per game. His numbers certainly would have doubled if not for the knee injury that took him out of most of his senior campaign.

USC was able to hold off the advances of Oregon, who were looking to poach Ford from the Trojans’ 2019 class.