2017 National Signing Day: The USC Trojans are the Pac-12 recruiting champs
Does USC stand for University of Southern California or the University of Signing (Day) Closers? The Trojans have made a name for themselves over the years of being able to reel in the best available big fish on National Signing Day, and 2017 was no different.
Thanks in part to a monster Wednesday that included hauling in three five-star recruits, USC is your 2017 Pac-12 recruiting champion with a class that ranks No. 5 nationally, according to Scout. Oregon hauled in the second-best recruiting class nationally with a No. 16 national ranking.
Things got off to a good start early in the day with outside linebacker Levi Jones faking out the Florida schools by revealing a USC long-sleeve shirt and culminated with good buddies and Los Angeles-native playmakers Joseph Lewis (five stars, No. 2 WR) and Greg Johnson (four stars, No. 6 athlete) promising to fight on. The class also benefited by the late additions of five-star offensive tackle Austin Jackson, beating out Washington and Arizona State, and No. 3 defensive tackle Jay Tufele, a five-star recruit the Trojans were able to pull away from Utah.
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) February 1, 2017
This is the third time in the last four years that USC has put together the highest-rated recruiting class in the Pac-12 according to Scout (oh that pesky Bruin class of 2016).
Two top-15 nationally-ranked recruiting classes, a Rose Bowl victory and Pac-12 Football Championship Game appearance… nice first year and change on the job for Clay Helton.
Here is the Scout Top 25 recruiting team rankings:
- Ohio State
- Florida State
- Texas A&M
- Notre Dame
- Penn State
- Miami (FL)
- South Carolina
- Virginia Tech
- Michigan State
- Mississippi State