This year, USC’s recruiting efforts have been bound by the scholarship restrictions placed on the program by the NCAA in the wake of the Reggie Bush fallout, but that hasn’t stopped Lane Kiffin from reeling in commitments from some of California's standout players.
With just a few days left before National Signing Day, USC currently only has 12 commitments for the 2012 class, but the Trojans are still in the running for some of the top undecided prospects in the country such as offensive tackle Kyle Murphy (San Clemente HS, California) and wide receiver Nelson Agholor (Berkley Prep HS, Florida).
One highly touted prospect who checked out USC last week is four-star receiver recruit Bryce Treggs, who played for California’s St. John Bosco high school.
Treggs has been committed to Cal since last July, but recently he’s decided to take a look around Los Angeles at schools like USC and UCLA.
After receiving a scholarship offer from USC a few weeks ago, the speedy receiver was intrigued with the program enough to pay a visit last week, but the question is: Did he like what he saw enough to suddenly switch courses and hop on board with the Trojans?
In an article written by recruiting analyst Greg Biggins on ESPN.com, Treggs was quoted as saying, “USC was cool, I had a lot of fun there. There’s a lot of great people at USC, they have a great program and it was a good experience. I’m glad I made the visit. I’m not really looking at them though. They said they wouldn’t know until Tuesday if I had a solid offer or not. They offered three weeks ago but said they over offered too many players, so I would have to wait and I’m not looking to do that.”
That doesn’t exactly sound very encouraging, but when it comes to recruiting, we’ve seen plenty of high-profile prospects make a last-second change of heart when it comes time to sign, so you never know exactly what’s going to happen until there's ink on a letter of intent.
Getting Treggs on campus and making a positive impact on him definitely didn't hurt, but because of the scholarship restrictions, the Trojans are pretty limited in what they can do, especially if they still want to land guys like Murphy and Agholor.
Given that Treggs has never been a true serious target for Kiffin and his staff, though, it wouldn’t exactly be a huge blow to lose out on him to Cal and UCLA.
However, if they did manage to land Treggs, it would certainly be a major recruiting coup for the Trojans.
Treggs has the speed and playmaking ability to be a valuable addition to the Trojans’ receiver corps.
But with two standout receivers like Robert Woods and Marqise Lee both returning to the lineup, there probably wouldn’t be much room for him to make an impact next year anyway.
So whether the Trojans could land Treggs or not, it probably wouldn’t make much difference as far as the 2012 season is concerned.