McLaughlin: USC, UW Football Hot on Recruiting Trail

Spencer is joined by SI director of recruiting John Garcia Jr to talk about their classes

Posted on July 28, 2022

  By Spencer McLaughlin of Locked on Pac-12 for SuperWest Sports


USC Football’s expectations in recruiting after the hire of Lincoln Riley have understandably gone up after moving on from Clay Helton. So far he’s delivered on that optimism with commitments from high-end 2023 players like QB Malachi Nelson and WR Zach Branch.

At this point in the recruiting cycle, however, the Trojans have not found a lot of success in the trenches on either side of the ball. A recent commitment on the offensive line from Micah Banuelos, who should fit well in Riley’s offensive schemes, might change that.

On today’s episode of Locked On Pac-12, I’m joined by John Garcia Jr., director of recruiting for Sports Illustrated.

Might the commitment of Micah Banuelos start to bring in more players in the trenches down to Los Angeles? John thinks it’s definitely possible. Plus, an update on the pursuit of 5-star 2023 EDGE prospect Matayo Uiagalelei.

Washington football pac-12Few schools have seen a quick turnaround on the recruiting trail more so than the Washington Huskies and first-year head coach Kalen DeBoer. Their 2023 class is currently in the top 25 nationally, and it has all happened rather fast during the months of June and July.

We discuss two of their most notable commits, CB Curley Reed and WR Rashid Williams.

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