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What they're saying about USC landing All-American wide receiver Jordan Addison

May 19, 2022

USC football made another huge splash in the transfer portal Thursday, announcing the addition of All-American wide receiver Jordan Addison from Pittsburgh.

Addison is coming off a stellar sophomore season in which he won the Biletnikoff Award, the prize given to the nation's top receiver, after catching 100 passes for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns during the Panthers' ACC title run.

Addison joins a Trojans team that has grabbed headlines throughout the offseason, first by hiring Lincoln Riley as their new head coach, then by signing star quarterback transfer Caleb Williams and other key pieces.

Addison was recruited heavily after entering the transfer portal, but CBS Sports' Shehan Jeyarajah explained why he is a "perfect fit" at USC.

"Addison played at Tuscarora High School, just one hour away from Williams at Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C. The pair had several common offers during their transfer portal visits, and they reportedly kept in touch while Addison went through his transfer process," he wrote. 

"Now, the pair is suiting up to play for one of the greatest offensive minds in college football. Riley produced two Heisman-winning quarterbacks and three finalists during his five-year run as Oklahoma's coach. Receivers have also benefitted from Riley's development, with stars like CeeDee Lamb coming through the Sooners program before going on to succeed in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys. With Williams and Addison on board, USC is poised to have one of college football's most talented offenses. Even more than Pitt, the Trojans should give Addison an opportunity to show off his talents."

USC went 4-8 in 2021 but pundits are predicting a big jump in 2022.

"With that type of talent on board bolstering the aerial attack, the Trojans figure to be even bigger factors in the Pac-12 title chase," wrote Bleacher Report's Scott Polacek. "Riley's maneuvering with the transfer portal this offseason has positioned the program to again return to glory after a disappointing stretch. While USC won double-digit games and regularly competed for championships in seven straight years from 2002 through 2008 under head coach Pete Carroll, it is coming off a 4-8 campaign and hasn't finished with double-digit wins since 2017. Williams throwing passes to Addison is an ideal formula to become national factors in 2022."