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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.

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:

  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Michigan
  4. Ohio State
  5. USC
  6. Oklahoma
  7. LSU
  8. Florida State
  9. Texas A&M
  10. Florida
  11. Auburn
  12. Maryland
  13. Notre Dame
  14. Penn State
  15. Tennessee
  16. Oregon
  17. Miami (FL)
  18. Nebraska
  19. South Carolina
  20. Virginia Tech
  21. UCLA
  22. Michigan State
  23. Washington
  24. Stanford
  25. Mississippi State
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