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)
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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