USC Trojans This & That — 6/23

Antonio Morales (The Athletic)  —  LOS ANGELES — More often than not, USC has seemed to land the players it truly wanted on the recruiting trail over the last two decades.

Like with any program, there are some recruits who represent the ones who got away, but the Trojans have had the recent good fortune of having some of those players who got away — Bru McCoy and Chris Steele — find their way back to Los Angeles.

Both recruiting sagas were as wild as any in recent memory, but it also got me thinking. I posed a question to USC fans on Twitter earlier this month: If you could bring back any recruit from the past 20 years who turned down the Trojans and signed elsewhere, who would you choose?

There were a variety of responses, and we’ve rounded them up here through the use of very unscientific Twitter polling. If you want to weigh in, feel free to leave your answers in the comments. Otherwise, let’s begin … theathletic.com

The Honorable Mentions

Percy Harvin – Five-star WR (class of 2006)

Manti Te’o and Vontaze Burfict – Five-star LBs (class of 2009)

Tua Tagovailoa – Five-star QB (class of 2017)

The Heavyweights

Jalen Ramsey – Five-star CB (class of 2013)

De’Anthony Thomas – Five-star RB (class of 2011)

DeSean Jackson – Five-star WR (class of 2005)

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Trojanman
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Tua Tagovailoa is the one we could have used the most, because he would have backed up Sam Darnold in 2017, and would have been our starter last year and this year. Live in the moment! The only other players I wish we could have had were Harvin and Jackson. Either could have helped us during the 2006-2008 years when we could have won BCS championships. None of the other players listed meant anything as far as markedly changing USC’s history. Playing during the sanction years, and the first couple of years after the sanctions, would not have dramatically changed… Read more »

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First guy who came to mind for me was DeAnthony Thomas. I do wonder whether Manti Teo would have had an even better career at SC than he did at ND. You also wonder whether that bizarre fake girlfriend thing could have happened if he were in LA rather than South Bend. Mostly, though, guys that spurn USC don’t tend to go on to greatness. That may be more a factor of the reason late flips happen in the first place: the biggies are coaches get cold feet and hint a player away, a player has a big ego and/or… Read more »

Old_Trojans_never_die
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For every player listed you can mention a player who left the team but went nowhere or flipped on LOI day and burned out on their dream. Case in point; Josh Shirley. I was a substitute in one of his classes at high school and sized him up early. He was full of himself like a bag of fertilizer. I pointed out that he didn’t put his name on the paper he turned in. He flipped it on the floor saying I just wanted his autograph so I wouldn’t have to wait in line when he turned pro. I told… Read more »

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Women’s sports reactions (continued). I see where the USA women’s soccer team is being treated as if rock stars in Paris with Parisians clamoring wildly for an autograph, and screaming upon the approach of the US athletes. Women’s basketball did not catch on, possibly due to the lack of acrobatic shots and dunks, but soccer translates well for women because there is a lot of running and very little scoring, so the men’s and women’s entertainment value is pretty equal (although the women apparently are a bigger draw at present)

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I would have disagree about Burfict. The guy is a cancer to football period at any level. Thomas was a true heart breaker, but his career ended up being less than if he would have come to USC. Tua was ours, but the package Saban put together on the family plan was tough to beat.

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My thoughts exactly Steveg I was thinking he’s an example of dirty football at its worst. I’ve seen video of him stepping on players and laughing. I don’t think his shtick would have flown at USC.

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I totally agree with you about Burfict and Thomas. I wonder if SC even tried to recruit Trevor Lawrence or did we just get caught up with the latest Mater Dei QB, JT Daniels. I read where Cal tried to recruit Lawrence, why didn’t we?