Numerous Whiffs Finally Bring USC To D-Line Portal Success!

USC adds Wyoming transfer DL Gavin Meyer 

The versatile 6-4, 282-pound Cowboy NT moves to USC after playing four seasons for the Cowboys…

Luca Evans (OC Register)  —  LOS ANGELES — For a fleeting moment, the interior depth was stable. A couple days after the group call that reeled prized defensive tackle Bear Alexander back in at USC, Lincoln Riley told media it was possible the Trojans would look to add defensive-line help in the spring transfer-portal window. But his tone was noncommittal, reflecting a front that had grown in talent and in size, a development everyone around the program knew was necessary entering the Big Ten.

“I wouldn’t say no,” Riley said April 11, on looking to add defensive-line help, “but it’s not – I don’t know that it’s necessarily like offensive line, where we’re obviously going to have to go make a couple moves.”

Not a day later, Texas A&M transfer DT Isaiah Raikes had vanished from the team’s spring roster, gone eventually to Auburn. A week later, redshirt freshman Deijon Laffitte left for San Jose State.

Help became necessary, USC’s lack of experienced depth on the defensive front the most glaring weakness on the roster. And after coming up empty for much of the spring, the Trojans finally plucked one of the last names remaining in the portal: Wyoming’s Gavin Meyer, who announced his commitment to USC on Wednesday morning.

A 6-foot-4, 282-pound nose tackle in his final year of collegiate eligibility, Meyer isn’t a flashy name, but brings four years of experience in the Mountain West and proven production as a difference-maker up the middle. Minted as a starter at Wyoming by the second half of 2022, he made his mark in the pass rush, racking up 29 pressures and 17 hurries, according to Pro Football Focus. He was more involved plugging up holes against the rush in 2023, making significant strides even as his raw-numbers production dropped slightly.

For a month, USC was linked to several other DT names in the portal, all of whom sailed past Troy. Michigan State’s Derrick Harmon chose Oregon. TCU’s Damonic Williams, who went to high school at Alemany High, went to Oklahoma.

Meyer, though, offers as much veteran experience as anyone in the portal. His frame and history form a natural fit for Eric Henderson and Shaun Nua’s defensive line in new coordinator D’Anton Lynn’s scheme, as Nua has emphasized the package up front is “very, very versatile.”

Meyer will likely be relied upon to stay on the field on a variety of downs, as USC remains thin in the depth behind him. Sophomore Elijah Hughes had a handful of nice moments last year as a freshman, and is likely ready to fill a rotational role. True freshmen Jide Abasiri and Carlon Jones could see some snaps if they develop in fall camp.

But Alexander, Meyer and Vanderbilt transfer Nate Clifton – who might profile better as a defensive end – are USC’s only interior defensive linemen with proven collegiate production. And entering a smashmouth new conference, the Alexander-Meyer combination could well prove to be the Trojans’ most important tandem come fall.

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Canyon
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May 23, 2024 12:48 pm

5-23-24   Here’s my take on C.LR TP strategy since he became HC. So far C.LR has been involved with 3 recruiting & TP classes. 2022 and 2023 were very successful with very good players. So far 2024 not so much.    The TP is like a double edge sword, it can be a good thing (top additions), but can hurt a team (good players leaving/transferring out). Also, many TP are Sr with only one year of eligibility left (one & done). Most of all, after 3 years of the TP the cost or Pay for Players has risen to crazy levels. I think many HC… Read more »

Golden Trojan
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May 23, 2024 9:32 am

UGH! The USC – Rutgers game is on Friday night Oct 25th on Fox! If that weren’t bad enough, the start time is 8pm, AFTER game one of the World Series! If setting your DVR better see what channel the first half will be on especially if extra innings.

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May 23, 2024 6:28 am

Not sure this is some home run get, but he will play and add depth. Hoping the new staff can take the whole and make them greater than the sum of the parts. Use 10 guys across the D line , built around Bear, who all go 100% on every snap. Scheme it up Lynn!

Golden Trojan
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May 23, 2024 9:02 am
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Okay it’s May, not much substance of news in college football so we have this click bait comment. Well, I’ll bite.

247 has Lee a 4*, there is only one 5* in all of California. USC has the #4 rated player in California, a LB from San Clemente. USC has 3 5* commits from Georgia. Is “something off” with Kirby Smart that he can’t keep Georgia talent? There are better CBs than Lee still uncommitted and a long ways till December signing day.

Golden Trojan
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May 23, 2024 11:43 am
Reply to  Allen Wallace

The click bait was tongue in cheek directed at Wasserman and The Athletic not TDB. Wasserman has good stuff, this one seems off base. I would much rather have 5* from out of state than 4* Californians. If LR and DL land Pickett from Florida will we care if they didn’t take Lee? If Lynn fields a much improved SC defense this fall I bet recruiting heats up for the Trojans.

Golden Trojan
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May 23, 2024 12:35 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

All great points Allen. This will be the season LR shows if he really can coach a complete team. I just want to see SC get the best talent where ever that is and if it is not in California so be it.

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May 23, 2024 5:27 pm
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I have to agree with you about the quality of prospects, no matter where they are from. CA does not have the prospects that GA does. One thing I have noticed from Riley, he wants guys that want to be Trojans. It seems a lot of CA kids are still influenced by the ghost of clay helton. USC has to show they are worth it to the hometown kids.

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May 22, 2024 3:28 pm

Well if this season has to get anything right, it has to show that Lincoln Riley understands the need for a defense. You can score a million points, but if the defense gives up a million and one you lose.
I hope this is the only reason we’re Grocery Outlet instead of Von’s. G. O. Has good food and good prices, but much of their inventory is overstock or close to expiration. I never thought I’d see the day when USC was a beggar and not a chooser.