L.A. Programs Take a Hit

 

CBS Sportsline (Barton Simmons):

Losers in Los Angeles

UCLA: Already working on a disappointing class that came into the day ranked 43rd in the country, UCLA had five targets it was focused on adding. The batting average at the end of the day was .000 with one pending. The lineup isn’t pretty:

  • Linebacker Tuasivi Nomura signed with USC.
  • Defensive back Kenyon Reed signed with Kansas State.
  • Linebacker Drew Fowler elected to walk-on at Washington instead of accepting a scholarship at UCLA. Ouch.
  • Running back Jordan Wilmore signed with Utah.
  • Wide receiver Puka Nacua has yet to sign but is projected by most to land at Washington, Oregon or Utah.
  • Chip Kelly’s recruiting effort will need a facelift in the 2020 cycle.

USC: The Trojans are finishing up their lowest-ranked class of the internet recruiting era. Wednesday featured a few commitments but nothing like we’re used to seeing with USC. More notable were the losses. Hawaiian offensive lineman Enokk Vimahi chose Ohio State over USC, but more expected was the loss to Ohio State for Midwest offensive lineman Dawand Jones. The Trojans did get a National Letter of Intent from five-star wide receiver Kyle Ford, but another highly-regarded wide receiver in Puka Nacua declined to sign. In fact, despite Nacua being committed to the Trojans, he’s got about four other programs in a better position as his decision approaches. USC may have found some future stars and NFL talents on Wednesday but they weren’t the kind of players that other programs were valuing in the same way we’ve come to expect.

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Jamaica
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A HC has to know what his recruiting will do for his program the following years. If CH can’t recruit high school linement, he”ll have to go junior college or walkons. Otherwise his only other option is to convert other position players to play linemen? Only a dummy thinks linemen don’t get dinged up & injured more often than the others positions. We are seeing a lack of depth recruitment replenishment here as I have never seen before. Yes, Kiffen brought in numerous receivers also when he was here. But he did sign a top linemen every year. Sark did… Read more »

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Some of the best college players turn out to be the ones that were not recruited or walk ons. Cream always rises to the top. Let’s see how this plays out! Positive vibes! ✌️✌️✌️We are SC!

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Does anyone see the lower ranking of UCLA as even more reason to beat the bRuins? If our players are at least twice as good as theirs we should beat them…. Right?
Try as I might I haven’t been able to put a positive spin on this situation. I guess the fact that Toa wasn’t invited to the NFL combine is a reminder of how crazy the football team looked last season. The fact that Helton allowed this to continue is a reminder of how bad things will get. Turning the program around will take turning the coaching around.

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OMG we are gonners cry cry

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A feigned response is a form of non-verbal communication, and generally requires seeing the face of the person. However, communicating, say a feigned shock response, in print requires some kind of external device, like emojis as you did. Excellent fifth grade communication on your part. Now do you have anything substantive to say on the current topic?

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I guess you missed the point, as simple as it was. And BTW, there is no requirement in posting to be substantive as that term is laden with your individual needs!

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can we just take a second and have a laugh at the fact the ucla prospect turned them down to walk on in Washington Lol, Chip still doing chip things in recruiting. I think the biggest take away from this is the fact USC is slowly dying and this upcoming year is gonna be one of the biggest for the program, because either our program is gonna outperform expectations or they will be cleaning house again. So Helton seems to understand what is needed by implementing competitions and a new coaching staff, I’m having faith in the system so hopefully… Read more »

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My fear also…. the longer CH can hold onto his job, we could easily become a UCLA clone that will come to boast, “yeah, we did lose 6-7 games this year, but we beat UCLA to save our season!”

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Jamaica, I mean we couldn’t beat them this year with a terrible season. Beating Chip Kelly should be an easy job considering the man is known for being a terrible recruiter, and yet again his class shows how bad he is. I don’t think USC will ever fall that low that we make losing seasons normal, regardless of how much swann protects helton there won’t be much protecting once he starts losing again.

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The tradition of USC closing strong has been diminished by the early signing period and most all of the excitement has diminished also. As I watch the transfer portal I see names that were undecided now having a destination attached as other schools have made a move, USC obviously sits and does little there. With slots open, some one year guys could be beneficial. It sure seems the scholarships are going to dealt with differently in the future, not so many going to high schoolers, but some being held back for the new “free agents” that will be looking to… Read more »

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Yup, I was thinking the same thing…. Helton is going to pull another rabbit out of the recruitment bag at the last moment like he has done the last 2-3 years even though they were becoming skinnier rabbits. But this time he didn’t and now our depth is going to suck like we’re still on scholarship sanctions.

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If it’s just this one class, it won’t be so decimating to depth. If we are not vastly improved next season (10 wins or better, Pac12 South champs minimum without backing into it) so as to energize recruits, we’re going to have to fire Helton and get a big name in as HC in time to have a good class next year. Let’s not jump off a Kliff just yet!