The standard for wide receiver recruiting at USC is pretty high these days and that is evidenced by the presence of four in-state wide receivers ranked in the ESPN 150, none of whom has a Trojans offer.
The Trojans are being selective at this spot not only because of the depth at receiver on the roster right now, but also due to the reduced scholarship numbers. It’s not like USC hasn’t offered any receivers in this class (five out-of-state WRs in the ESPN 150 have reported offers from the Trojans) but it hasn’t stepped forward yet with the local players.
That situation could easily change after the Rising Stars Camp in June, an event that the USC coaches encourage for recruits looking for a Trojans offer due to the opportunity to evaluate them in person. However, these local receivers are not sitting around without other schools showing interest in them, in fact the list of out-of-state schools with offers is impressive.
Darrell Daniels (Oakley, Calif./Freedom, No. 52) lists offers from Arkansas, Michigan and Oklahoma; Demorea Stringfellow (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde, No. 74) has offers from Florida, Nebraska and Michigan; Steven Mitchell (Mission Hills, Calif./Bishop Alemany, No. 136) has offers from Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Oklahoma while Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica, No. 149) lists offers from Michigan, Oklahoma and Florida State.
That kind of offer list from traditional powers is a good indication that these guys can play but if there’s one position that Lane Kiffin knows it is wide receiver. It’s the position he used to coach when he was an assistant at USC and the wide receivers have consistently produced during his tenure, both as an assistant and as head coach. If Kiffin is taking a “wait-and-see” approach on the local receivers then it simply shows how high the bar is these days for the players he is looking to bring in.