With a disappointing 8-5 season under their belt, the Trojans turned to recruiting a top class selection of the country’s best high school performers in an attempt to reassure the followers of Southern California Football of their intent for success.
George Farmer, a thickly built, athletic and speedy receiver, is seen by many to be the cream of the USC recruitment crop. With his physically imposing presence, Farmer is a real prospect for the future who should provide a real home run threat for the Trojans in his years to come. With his 6’2”, 205 lbs. build, the receiving threat is already drawing comparisons to the likes of Dallas Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant as well as sharing similarities with Arrelious Benn and Golden Tate.
An all round athletic footballer who is sure to become a weapon in Matt Barkley’s Trojan offensive arsenal, Farmer has the skills to make a real impact during his time in college football. His impressive 1,514 yards receiving on the year at Serra High School has lead to him being named the top high school receiving recruit by ESPN, whilst his impressive skill set allows him to be utilised on both sides of the ball as a dangerous receiver and a solid defensive back.
Because of his determined toughness, Farmer can be an imposing threat on defence. His terrific football instincts allow for him to be every bit as effective playing the safety position as he is a receiving threat. With an early developed ability to deal with press coverage, and the asset of being able to stretch the field and contest and succeed in most jump ball situations, Farmer possesses the potential to become a leading name across the nation in future years. With constant progression in the USC football programme, you can expect to be hearing the name of George Farmer for many years to come.
Ranked by ESPN as the fourth strongest recruitment class this time around, there is plenty more talent heading to Southern California.
For the Trojans, it seems a similar story, as another Mater Dei High School quarterback heads to California. With Max Wittek opting to become a Trojan, he follows the lead of current starting quarterback Matt Barkley in making the transition from the Monarchs to college football. Likely to begin his college career as a back-up to early Heisman trophy touted Barkley, Wittek should prevail as a solid quarterback option in further years.
Adding to the exciting influx recruited are linemen Antwaun Woods, Christian Heyward and Greg Townsend Jr., all of whom are commonly seen as top 10 recruitment prospects at their position.
Offensive protection for star triggerman Barkley shouldn’t be a problem, with the nation’s top rated offensive guard, 6’4” Cyrus Hobbi being acquired. Hobbi, a tough and explosive guard, provides excellent pass protection whilst also possessing skills to create holes for the running game. His versatility means he can play at both the guard position and fill in at tackle when required. Whilst possibly not an immediate starter in Southern California, Hobbi will definitely become a fixture in the Trojans offensive trenches during his college career.
Also included in Southern Cal’s crop is athletic receiver Victor Blackwell, who accompanies Wittek from Mater Die as well as Lincoln running back Javorius Allen, a punishing and physical back who has drawn resemblances to LSU recruit Kenny Hilliard, who is regarded as the top high school rusher in the country this past campaign. Finally, the Trojans added real athleticism through explosive and versatile all round athletes Marqise Lee and Amir Carlisle.
For the USC Trojans football programme, recent times have been turbulent; however, with a solid recruitment class and the chance for hot prospects to live up to their potential in coming seasons, don’t be surprised to see Trojans football on the up in the not too distant future.