On one of the most important days of the year for college football schools, the University of Southern California was extremely successful. National Signing Day has become an anticipated annual event all around the country, with high school players having their first opportunity to sign a binding National Letter of Intent for college sports.
USC was ineligible from bowl play last season and will be banned once again next season, being forced to wait until December 2012 at the earliest to play a bowl game. Despite losing at least 10 scholarships this year, USC still managed to pull out the fourth-best recruiting classes in the country. The Trojans signed an impressive eight of the top 150 prospects, according to ESPNU.
Here are 10 reasons why National Signing Day 2011 mattered to USC.