Theo Howard visits USC

USC has five players in the 2016 class that could play wide receiver next fall, but the Trojans don't look like they are done recruiting at the position just yet with Theo Howard making a cameo appearance on campus Saturday.

Westlake Village (Calif.) plays home to one USC wide receiver commit in Oaks Christian four-star athlete Michael Pittman, and now the Trojans are setting their sights on another wide receiver across town.

Saturday, four-star receiver Theo Howard made it to the Trojans scrimmage to watch USC practice for the first time this year. While the practice gave Howard a good look at how the coaches and players interact at USC, it was a defensive battle that did little to showcase their receiving talent.

“In all honesty, the defense had a good day,” said Howard. “I didn’t really see a lot from the wide outs.

“Coach Martin did talk with me after practice. He just talk about how they lose six guys when I come in. He talked about the pedigree they have at receiver and the chance I have to play as a freshman there.”

Howard, who de-committed from Oregon last week, unofficially visited USC for the Trojans junior invitational back in January. Being local and having followed USC since he was younger, the 6-foot, 175-pound wide out didn’t have many questions about the Trojans going into the visit.

What he came away with from his latest visit to USC was a clearer view of of what he already knew.

“I have interest (in USC) because of the tradition and it being right down the street from home,” said Howard. “I’m also thinking about being able to have that degree.”

With five players projected to play wide receiver next fall already committed to USC, Howard made it clear last week to Scout National Recruiting Analysts Greg Biggins that competition was not an issue with him going forward.

“I know USC has a few receivers already committed, but that doesn’t bother me,” said Howard. “I’m not afraid of competition but I just need to get down there and check things out because I haven’t been to USC in awhile.”

Howard is on track to graduate from Westlake High School in December and enroll at his college of choice in January. Top Stories