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USC received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 QB Kedon Slovis.

Slovis (6'3/195) picked the Trojans over programs like NC State, Arizona State, Cal and Oregon State, among others. He's rated the 54th best quarterback by 247 Sports in their 2019 rankings, and the 25th best player out of the state of California. He'll have to battle with several highly recruited players at the position to get on the field, but Slovis is reportedly a smart player that can read defenses, and that along with quality accuracy could help him do just that.
May 20 - 12:26 PM

A USC spokesperson has confirmed that junior CB Jack Jones will not be eligible to participate in the upcoming season.

While this spokesperson did not offer a reason for Jones' ineligibility, Adam Maya of Rivals reported on Friday that it was due to a failure to make the cut academically. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder did not take part in spring practice while attempting to shore up his studies. With Jones ineligible, the Trojans will have to lean all the harder on the likes of Iman Marshall and Isaiah Langley during the upcoming season, but USC is set up well to handle the loss in terms of their depth at the position on the whole. Indeed, corner might be the deepest position on the entire team.
May 19 - 2:00 PM

Rivals' Adam Maya reports that USC junior CB Jack Jones has been ruled academically ineligible for the upcoming season.

Jones (5'11/175) had already been suspended for the team's season-opener versus UNLV due to an unspecified violation of team rules, but it looks like he won't be playing at all this season thanks to academic issues. He sat out spring practice trying to get right in the classroom, apparently to no avail. This past season, Jones logged 40 tackles while picking off a team-high four passes. He was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press at the end of the campaign. While the loss of the former five-star corner stings, the Trojans do have ample depth in the secondary to help fill in for his absence. Cornerback will be a position group to watch come the start of August camp.
May 18 - 8:19 PM

The trial for indefinitely suspended USC sophomore WR Joseph Lewis on five misdemeanor counts of domestic violence began on Thursday.

Lewis had initially been facing a felony domestic violence charge relating to his arrest in February, but the Los Angeles County district attorney's office opted not to pursue that charge. USC moved to immediately suspend him after news of his arrest broke. Per the Los Angeles Times, the sophomore receiver was offered a plea deal, but turned that down in favor of keeping his current "not guilty" plea. Exact details of the case against Lewis are not known beyond the fact that there were two alleged incidents prior to his arrest. Jury selection in the case is scheduled for Monday.
May 18 - 3:53 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2019 QB Kedon Slovis said that he plans on visiting USC in the near future.

Slovis (6'3/195) just received an offer from the Trojans on Monday. He's also intrigued by NC State, as he's spoken at length with program OC Eliah Drinkwitz and feels like he would be a good fit in the offensive scheme. Arizona State, Cal and Oregon State are among the other programs who have offered to the Scottsdale native.
Source: Rivals
May 16 - 1:30 PM

USC redshirt sophomore WR Velus Jones was listed by Edward Aschoff as the Trojan's breakout star during spring practices.

Jones hasn't made much of an impact since committing to the Trojans back in 2016, and had just six catches for 46 yards in the 2017 season. With the Trojans losing several offensive stars, they need a returner to step up, and it just might be the 6-foot, 195-pound Jones. "This was kind of the story last offseason for Jones, too, but the hope is that he's becoming a better student of the game as well," writes Aschoff. "He was used more out of the backfield last season, but the Trojans are hoping he's as big of a deep threat this fall as he was this spring."
Source: ESPN
May 14 - 1:31 PM

Indefinitely suspended USC sophomore WR Joseph Lewis is set to stand trial on five misdemeanor domestic violence charges on May 17.

The troubled wide receiver had been going through a pretrial hearing for the past six weeks. He faces five misdemeanor counts of domestic violence -- a felony domestic violence charge was initially brought against him in February, but that was reduced -- in relation to a pair of alleged incidents from that month. USC immediately moved to issue an indefinite suspension to the former five-star receiver and he's currently barred from participating in team activities. He was not present for spring practice.
May 10 - 11:32 AM

Titans signed WR USC WR Deontay Burnett.

Burnett (6’0/186) turned pro after three years at USC, compiling a career 152/1,897/12.5/16 receiving line and emerging as Sam Darnold’s go-to guy as a 2017 junior. Burnett caught 8-of-9 TDs on slot routes last season, and PFF College charted Burnett with the second-lowest drop rate (2.3%) in this year’s wide receiver class. Limited leading up to the draft by a torn hamstring, Burnett managed a 4.70 forty time at the Trojans’ Pro Day. Burnett’s soft hands and toughness give him a shot to hang around, but ultimately he is a low-upside slot-only prospect with pedestrian traits.
May 2 - 8:37 PM

USC sophomore G Andrew Vorhees underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in mid-April.

Vorhees (6'6/310) works as right guard for the Trojans. He initially signed on with the program as a four-star recruit in the winter of 2017. As a true freshman, the Kingsburg, California, native saw time starting after Viane Talamaivao underwent a season-ending surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle last October. Vorhees is expected to recover from his recent knee surgery in time to participate in summer workouts.
May 2 - 2:15 PM

USC HC Clay Helton said in April that senior CB Iman Marshall was having "by far his best camp."

"It’s a very shut-up-and-work mentality, a blue-collar mentality," Helton said. "I have not seen the guy take one rep off, not been lazy one rep." This is quite the encouraging review, as Marshall, himself, admitted in the spring that he was disappointed with his work during the 2017 season due to what he termed "[a] lack of effort." After intercepting six passes over the course of his first two years in the program, the 6-foot-1, 194-pounder failed to log a pick for the past campaign, though he did post 51 tackles and 10 passes defended. Marshall believes the down year (he also battled injury) was a "wake-up call." He could have leapt for the draft over the winter, but we view his decision to return to USC to shore up some clear issues as absolutely the right call.
May 2 - 1:25 PM

SB Nation's Dan Kadar assigned the New York Jets a "B" grade for their work in the draft.

This feels like a low grade for the team who landed QB Sam Darnold, the player widely considered the top prospect in the class. The Jets had trade up from pick No. 6 to land Darnold, something that was probably a factor towards the Jets grade as they had no second round pick. Kadar especially liked their next pick, Fort Hays State defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd. "He’s an aggressive interior lineman who is at his best ripping past offensive linemen and getting into the backfield," Kadar said. Darnold alone could make this draft class good if he turns out to be an above replacement-level starter.
Source: SB Nation
Apr 29 - 6:33 PM

Seahawks selected USC DE Rasheem Green with the No. 79 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Green (6’4/275) turned pro after three years as a Trojan, amassing 20 career tackles for loss with 16.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. Green earned first-team All-Pac 12 from the conference’s coaches in 2017 and logged 40 QB pressures (PFF), tied for fifth most among draft-eligible interior defensive linemen. A 63rd-percentile athlete, Green is an underdeveloped version of Michael Bennett -- who the Seahawks traded away this offseason -- with potential to win both on the edge and inside, but he badly needs weight-room and technical work.
Apr 27 - 9:58 PM

Chargers selected USC LB Uchenna Nwosu with the No. 48 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Nwosu (6’2/251) was a two-year starter and four-year contributor on the edge of USC’s defense, tallying 20.5 career tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, and 20 pass breakups. In 2017, PFF College charted Nwosu with the most batted passes (11) among all D-I edge defenders and 61 QB pressures, second-most among draft-eligible prospects. Nwosu helped himself in Indy with 58th-percentile SPARQ results and 20 reps on the bench. Nwosu is far from a finished product, but he got better every year in college and has an arrow still pointing up.
Apr 27 - 8:14 PM

Bucs selected USC RB Ronald Jones with the No. 38 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

The Bucs needed to add to one of the league's thinnest backfields. Jones (5’11/205) turned pro as a third-year junior after breaking out for 261/1,550/5.9/19 rushing in 2017, finishing second among draft-eligible backs in forced missed tackles (58) and averaging 6.12 career yards per carry. Jones doubled as a track athlete at USC and it shows on tape, where his game is built on burst and acceleration, a la Tevin Coleman. While his big-play ability is obvious, Jones too frequently ran into the backs of his blockers and has work to do in the passing game, where his blitz pickups were inconsistent, and Jones caught only 32 passes in 40 college games.
Apr 27 - 7:35 PM

Jets selected USC QB Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Darnold (6’3/221) turned pro as a redshirt sophomore after making 24 starts for the Trojans, going 20-4 and completing 64.9% of his throws with a 57:22 TD-to-INT ratio at 8.5 yards per attempt. A gunslinger cross between Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo, Darnold’s biggest college drawback was his turnover tendency, throwing 13 picks with nine lost fumbles in 2017. Darnold has an elongated release and shoddy footwork, and would be the youngest starting quarterback in league history if he gets the Week 1 nod. Long term, Darnold is a higher-variance prospect with top-ten quarterback upside.
Apr 26 - 8:32 PM


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