Can you tell that I'm giddy to talk about this group?
Lane Kiffin has been stockpiling top recruits at WR for the last two years, and we're about to see what they can all do.
Last year's No. 1 Robert Woods, was USC's best receiver as a freshman. He surprisingly won the job opposite Ronald Johnson in the fall and then outperformed all Trojans in the passing game.
Last year's No. 4, Markeith Ambles, did not figure in games as he practiced and improved to get ready for this year.
Last year's No. 9, Kyle Prater, missed the season with a foot injury that he's still making his way back from. I am the most excited to see this 6'5" Mike Williams/Dwayne Jarrett type hit the field and start immediately.
This year's No. 1, George Farmer, is the best of any named so far. Woods and Farmer were teammates at Serra High in Gardena, and Woods was actually a throw-in that Lane Kiffin took just to lock up Farmer. Every coach in the country wanted the 6'2" receiver, who runs a 4.38 and reminds many scouts of Michael Crabtree. He will line up in the slot and burn slower DBs with his blazing speed. He will be the biggest beneficiary of having Woods and Prater each drawing a double team on the outside.
That worked out beautifully for the Trojans, who have an embarrassment of riches in the passing game. If all the elite freshmen and sophomores weren't enough to take up all the snaps, senior Brandon Carswell and junior De'Von Flournoy expect to compete for time as well.
Add it all up, and you have the best receiving group in the country. There's so much depth that Lane Kiffin might have to implement some four receiver and five-wide sets that don't fit his scheme, just to get these guys on the field.
Matt Barkley led a passing game that ranked just 41st last year, but is excited at the heights he can command the Trojans offense to this season, with the ridiculous talent at his disposal.
The possibilities are endless for this offense, and the scenarios that Kiffin can dream up with his personnel are pretty creative.