USC smacks adversity with Top-5 class
USC entered Signing Day burdened with the adversity of newly acquired sanctions. A mandated reduction of scholarships and postseason ban was intended to diminish the luster of a traditional power, thereby slowing the rebuilding process and punish for past sins.
This left a coaching staff stricken with the task of pitching sunshine through a program clouded by penalty, and every Trojan loss was to result in beneficial gains for its rivals and neighbors. USC was served the ominous fruit of failure, but in year one of restriction, left it suspended from its branch of the tree.
Instead, the Trojans began to harvest before spring, stockpiling necessities to survive the storm. It was the harvesting of rich product from its own farm, and a gathering of items plucked from distant yards. From Florida, Kentucky, and New Jersey they came, in anticipation of ripening beneath the regal brand of Troy.
With the dust still settling from National Signing day, USC waves the flag of another top-five class. And in doing so, it extends a middle finger to the NCAA. The intention of the governing body was blindsided by its lack of understanding. You can’t sanction tradition. You build it and they will come. The USC football program was built on stones of history and success, and not a Reggie Bush fumble that continues to roll upon the Coliseum grass. It’s 2011, and despite efforts to paint Southern California a picture of ugliness, the youth still come.
USC finishes with a class ranked fourth by ESPN and Rivals. Scout ranks the class at No. 5. The Trojans appear in these positions despite being snubbed by longtime 5-star commit, De’Anthony Thomas, who delivered his signature to Chip Kelly and Oregon. The loss was offset by plentiful gains, as Kiffin and his staff addressed needs on both lines, at linebacker, and in the defensive backfield. The ability to strike their targets earned Ed Orgeron the Scout.com recruiter of the year award for the class assembled.