Ten members of USC’s 2021 recruiting class were named to California’s pre-season All-State teams by MaxPreps this week, with two landing on the First-Team Offense and two more on the First-Team Defense.
USC quarterback commit Miller Moss (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) joined Notre Dame commit Tyler Buchner (La Mesa, Calif./Helix) on the first team, while fellow USC quarterback commit Jake Garcia (La Habra, Calif./La Habra) was the headliner of the Second-Team Offense. This off-season, Moss left a loaded Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany program to join the Monarchs, where he could lead an even more potent offense. Alemany placed two players on the First-Team Offense (both USC commits), while Mater Dei landed six first-teamers and nine players overall.
USC offensive line commit Mason Murphy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./JSerra) turned in an impressive junior season and is one of the top linemen in the state. He was one of two offensive tackles named to the first team, along with major 2022 USC target, Earnest Greene (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco).
On the First-Team Defense, USC linebacker commit Ma’a Gaoteote (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) was one of three players selected at that position, along with LSU commit (and major USC target) Raesjon Davis (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) and Oregon State commit Easton Mascarenas (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo).
USC has four very talented defensive backs committed in this 2021 class, and two-way standout Calen Bullock (Pasadena, Calif./Muir) was named to the first team. He was dynamic as a junior, totaling more than 1,000 yards of offense and intercepting six passes on defense.
Joining Bullock in the secondary are two major USC targets, in 2021 cornerback Ceyair Wright (Los Angeles/Loyola) and 2022 cornerback Domani Jackson (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei). Jackson recently released his top 10 schools and USC made the cut.
Quarterback Jake Garcia (La Habra, Calif./La Habra) was one of three signal-callers chosen for the second team, and two Trojan commits joined him there on the offensive line, in Maximus Gibbs (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Saia Mapakaitolo (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany).
Four-star offensive guard Josh Simmons (La Mesa, Calif./Helix) made the second team, though he’s said recently he’d like to play defense at the next level. One name to watch for the future is BJ Tolo (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei), the only 2023 prospect named to either the first or second team.
Recent USC defensive back commitment Jaylin Smith (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany) was selected as an all-purpose player to the second team, as he made major impacts on offense, defense and special teams as a junior.
USC defensive tackle commit Jay Toia (Simi Valley, Calif./Grace Brethren) and defensive back commit Anthony Beavers (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne) represented USC on the Second-Team Defense. They were joined there by a few Trojan targets, including defensive lineman Keanu Williams (Clovis, Calif./Clovis), who will announce his commitment on July 11, but is considered a strong Oregon lean. Linebacker Ethan Calvert (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) is one of the more important USC targets remaining in this class. All-purpose player Prophet Brown (Elk Grove, Calif./Monterey Trail) could excel at running back or cornerback in college, though he’s likely headed to Oklahoma at this point.
And both defensive backs Kamari Ramsey (Chatsworth, Calif./Sierra Canyon) and Tayvion Beasley (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) are 2022 prospects who hold offers from USC.
QB Miller Moss
OT Mason Murphy
LB Ma’a Gaoteote
DB Calen Bullock
QB Jake Garcia
OG Maximus Gibbs
OT Saia Mapakaitolo
AP Jaylin Smith
DT Jay Toia
DB Anthony Beavers