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USC’s 2021 signees arriving on campus

Ten of USC’s 22 high school signees in the 2021 recruiting class arrived on campus months ago as early enrollees. The rest will join the program shortly, with several of them getting to Los Angeles and on the USC campus over the weekend.

Featured in several photos from USC were wide receiver Kyron Ware-Hudson, tight end Michael Trigg, offensive lineman Maximus Gibbs and cornerback Prophet Brown. June is going to be a very busy month for the USC football program, with 2021 signees joining the program as well as prospects from the 2022, 2023 and 2024 classes visiting campus for the first time since early March of 2020.

USC’s early enrollees performed extremely well during spring ball and now the Trojans will add six more top-200 players from the 2021 class. No. 1 overall prospect Korey Foreman and top linebacker target Raesjon Davis will be at the top of the list in terms of new players to keep an eye on this fall, but some of the guys highlighted here will be worth watching as well.

Four-star tight end Michael Trigg is one of the most intriguing incoming players with his athletic ability as a two-sport athlete and terrific size, making him a good fit at that hybrid wide receiver/tight end position where Drake London found so much success. USC has some weapons at wide receiver and tight end, but it’s clear that the coaches would love to again utilize a guy who can do both, and Trigg fits that mold. How quickly he picks up the offense and adjusts to the speed and physical demands of playing at this level will be worth watching, because it’s evident that USC coaches expect a lot out of him during his career on the football field.

Prophet Brown is another guy who might have flown under the radar a bit because he didn’t make a lot of noise during his recruitment. He’s the nation’s No. 162 overall prospect and he heads to USC as a cornerback, but he absolutely has the ability to flip over to running back if the coaches deem him necessary there. At this point, depth looks like it’ll be needed at cornerback. Chris Steele and Isaac Taylor-Stuart should be in line for productive seasons, but there isn’t any real experience behind them. Former wide receiver Josh Jackson Jr. got a ton of opportunity this spring after making the move over from offense during last year. Jayden Williams, Adonis Otey and Dorian Hewett should provide depth, but all missed parts of spring ball due to injury. It wouldn’t be surprising to see both Brown and fellow incoming cornerback Ceyair Wright get a lot of time with the second or even first team during fall camp if they show up ready to go. Those are talented players and position coach Donte Williams might look to create some competition at those two positions.

Kyron Ware-Hudson is one of three high school wide receivers coming to USC in this class and he’s the highest ranked of the group. He doesn’t have blazing speed, but he possesses a pair of the surest hands in the class, nationwide. Fellow incoming freshman Michael Jackson III already turned heads with his performance this spring and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Ware-Hudson flash this fall. He’s a pretty complete wide receiver and possesses the physical stature needed to make an impact as a true freshman.

Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.

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