USC Signing Day Forecast

Just as with a five day weather forecast, all predictions are subject to change up until signing day eve. Specific announcement times will also be updated accordingly. All times listed are PST.

Forecast | Feb. 1 | 5:00 a.m.

Commitment Percentage
Levi Jones officially visited Florida State last weekend and USC the weekend before. For much of the year, it appeared like USC was his top choice, but Florida made a surge late in the process. Still, outside of the month or so where USC was 1-3 and the direction of the football program was in question, Jones has had the Trojans near the top of his list. He and his parents visited both USC and UCLA multiple times during the recruiting process, which also speaks to his interest in living in Los Angeles. Jones is one of the few out of state recruits who sees Los Angeles as a destination with opportunities beyond football.

55%



Forecast | Feb. 1 | 6:45 a.m.

Commitment Percentage
Aubrey Solomon originally committed to Michigan in June before de-committing from the Wolverines in August. After he re-opened his recruitment, Alabama became the favorite to land his commitment. However, since taking an official visit to USC Jan. 13 with his mother, Solomon has kept the door open to the Trojans coaching staff for additional in-home visits. At one time, Solomon said he would only entertain in-home visits from USC and Michigan. That lasted for about a week before both Alabama and Georgia talked their way back in-home with Solomon. This does, however, appear to be a USC/Michigan battle. Michigan has the more established relationship with Solomon's mother. According to our sources, that could be the deal breaker. Chances are this one leaks before signing day.

40%



Forecast | Feb. 1 | 9:00 A.M.

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Jay Tufele ended the recruiting process this weekend with an official visit to Utah. For much of the year, Utah, Michigan and Ohio State have been considered the favorites to land Tufele's commitment. Over the past two months, USC has slowly but surely climbed passed those schools to become a frontrunner for his signature. Or at least, that was the feeling among several sources heading into his official visit to Utah. Family is a big factor in Polynesian culture and the Utes hammered that point home by bringing Tufele's mother and other family members in on his visit. It was the only trip Tufele's mother made during the recruiting process. The next 24 hours will determine whether this is a conservative estimate or not.

75%



Forecast | Feb. 1 | 9:00 a.m.

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Austin Jackson has been one of the most coveted prospects on the trojans recruiting board since he came to the Rising Stars Camp in 2015 and dominated the competition. With his grandfather, Melvin, having won a national title at USC, Jackson has always had a strong bond to the Trojans' storied football tradition. But beyond being a legacy recruit, Jackson is earmarked to replace one of two graduating senior offensive tackles in Zach Banner and Chad Wheeler. Jackson will officially choose between USC and Arizona State on signing day, but that choice was likely made long ago.

90%



Forecast | Feb. 1 | 1:00 p.m.

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Josh Falo has been one of the toughest reads of the 2017 class. Since last spring; Oregon, Colorado, and USC have continually stood out as his favorite college options. While USC has been after a two tight end class for the past few years, building depth at the position has been a challenge for the Trojans. With Erik Krommenhoek already committed, Falo would pair nicely as a one-two combination for USC. After his official visit, sources were confident USC was his leader, but the Oregon Ducks received his final visit last weekend. Colorado is not to be counted out either. Falo's older brother Nate played for Mike MacIntyre at San Jose State and his other older brother, N.J., plays for Colorado now.

80%



Forecast | Feb. 1 | 1:00 p.m.

Commitment Percentage
Elijah Blades de-committed from Florida last week, which was not a surprise. But de-committing with only a few days left in the recruiting process narrowed Blades options to a large extent. Blades only officially visited Florida and Nebraska. His official visit to USC set for last Friday was canceled to play in the U.S. National Under 19 game against Canada. As of now, it doesn't look like USC has room for Blades anyway. However, if a couple of announcements go against USC, a spot could open up. The Trojans originally set out to sign three cornerbacks this recruiting cycle, so it may be the one position being neglected Wednesday. The subject of an advance scholarship has come up with Blades in the past, but hosting USC assistant coaches on two home visits, a standard scholarship appears the only way he would be a part of the Trojans 2017 class. If that doesn't happen, Nebraska and Oregon are the favorites to sign him.

30%



Forecast | Feb. 1 | 1:10 p.m.

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Joseph Lewis has been considered among the nation's best receivers since his junior season when many considered him the best player at his position in California regardless of class. For months, every school but USC was talked about as his top choice. However, as the recruiting process concludes, Lewis' consideration of most of those schools has diminished. For the past two months, this has been a USC/Nebraska battle. USC, and his lead recruiter Tee Martin, rarely get beat out for top local talent. Lewis has also recently been on campus several times for unofficial visits in addition to his official visit last weekend. With Juju Smith-Schuster and Darreus Rogers off to the NFL, Lewis slides in with an opportunity to make an early impact.

85%



Forecast | Feb. 1 | 1:10 p.m.

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The second Hawkins School prospect to announce his commitment on ESPN, Greg Johnson has excercised his options quite a bit over the course of the recruiting process with trips to Oregon, Nebraska, Notre Dame and USC. Originally committing to Arizona last spring, USC was always thought to be a player in his recruitment despite his early verbal to the Wildcats. When Nebraska hired defensive back's coach, Donte Williams, away from Arizona, many assumed Johnson was headed to Lincoln. Even at the Army All-American Bowl, Trojan commits at the game didn't think Johnson would end up at USC. But after several unofficial visits to USC, and an official visit to last weekend, sources have Johnson staying home to play football for the Trojans.

80%



Forecast | Feb. 1 | TBA

Commitment Percentage
Javon Kinlaw was only one of two junior college prspects to officially visit USC this recruiting cycle. From Jones County in Ellisville (Miss.), Kinlaw is orginally from South Carolina where he committed to the Gamecocks out of high school. The Gamecocks remain the favorite for him now, as the Trojans' track record recruiting South Carolina is non-existent. USC defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze has been clawing and scratching to give the Trojans a puncher's chance for Kinlaw, but he was placed at Jones County by South Carolina. Highly touted high school recruits do not end up at junior colleges by happenstance in the South. This one would be a steal and a surprsie for Alabama, let alone USC.

25%



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