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WR Josh Imatorbhebhe intends to transfer

Another day, another wide receiver announcing transfer plans.

On Monday, Josh Imatorbhebhe became the fourth USC wide receiver this month to announce his transfer plans. Imatorbhebhe battled injuries during his USC career and recorded just two catches for 11 yards during his redshirt freshman season in 2017.

Imatorbhebhe joins Randal Grimes, Bru McCoy, and Trevon Sidney as USC wide receivers to explore transfers this month. Grimes is headed to Minnesota, McCoy to Texas, while Sidney only entered the transfer portal late last week.

While the optics aren’t great for USC, losing yet another player to transfer as it seemingly struggles to find an answer at offensive coordinator and put the finishing touches on a good, but not great, recruiting class, there is nothing surprising or particularly damaging about Imatorbhebhe’s decision.

At this point, USC’s overall numbers at wide receiver are dwindling, but last year’s leading receivers Michael Pittman, Tyler Vaughns, and Amon-Ra St. Brown all return in 2018, along with Devon Williams, Velus Jones, and a group of four wide receivers in the 2019 recruiting class. It does, however, make holding onto Puka Nacua and Kyle Ford more important. Of the four wide receivers in this class, those two have yet to sign and could still head elsewhere come signing day.

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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