Scout.com named tailback Najee Harris of Antioch, Calif., as its No. 1 player for the Class of 2017. He is already committed to Alabama (of course). Do you think USC can get him to flip? Stephen Carr, who is a “soft commit” for USC and also a Class of 2017 tailback, was offered by Notre Dame yesterday.
Think about USC and UCLA’s usual recruiting rankings. As pointed out by my colleague Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News, here’s UCLA from 2008-15: 2, 2, 2, 7, 3, 1, 1, 2.
“Yep, over eight years, UCLA was either first or second six times and outside the top three once,” Wilner writes.
And UCLA won zero Pac-12 titles. USC’s recruiting has been even better. Wilner mentions sanctions but it’s also true USC’s talent was far better than other teams in this period.
Even yesterday on ESPNU, Joey Galloway questioned when results are going to match the years of good recruiting? They haven’t really since Pete Carroll left. Is it going to next year? It seems like a lot of people expect USC to lose at least of their first four games next season (Alabama, Utah State, Stanford, Utah). So maybe it’s wait till the year after next year.
I asked Clay Helton about Scott Felix and Chad Wheeler last night. Helton said he not know the status of linebacker Felix, who failed a drug test and could be suspended for a year under NCAA rules. “He’s going through a personal issue,” Helton said. “His status is . . . we don’t have answers.” Helton said Felix is currently a member of the football roster. Wheeler has rejoined the football team and is attending workouts.
Clay Helton’s first recruiting class resembled a lot of games he coaches this season: USC fell behind early and then was forced to catch up. Lucky for Helton, Signing Day did not finish like the Stanford games.
Here’s the thoughts of Greg Biggins, a recruiting analyst for Scout.com on how USC’s Signing Day will finish.
Every year the recruit who waits until Signing Day always gets the most attention. For example, Concord De La Salle’s Devin Asiasi and Boss Tagaloa are getting mentioned a lot by USC and UCLA fans because they are waiting until tomorrow.
If they had committed back in August, who would be mentioning them today? Imagine the uproar if Tyler Vaughns or Michael Pittman waited until Signing Day? But if you wait, your commitment always gets magnified.