The Trojans added another young player to a position that will be teeming with competition throughout the offseason as Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines three-star receiver Randal Grimes has signed his National Letter of Intent and will be a member of the 2017 recruiting class, the school has announced.
Grimes is the No. 2 receiver in the state of Nevada and rated No. 64 in the nation at his position. At 6-foot-5, 210-pounds, Grimes has the potential to be a matchup nightmare with his combination of size and physicality on the outside in a similar fashion to what JuJu Smith-Schuster was for the Trojans the last three years. Like Smith-Schuster, Grimes wears the No. 9 and is hoping to follow his lead:
USC brought in five receivers in last year's class, including the nation's top receiver, Tyler Vaughns. It could also still land the No. 2 receiver in the country this year with Los Angeles (Calif.) Augustus Hawkins five-star Joseph Lewis scheduled to announce his commitment later today. But there will be plenty of competition after the Trojans saw four outside receivers depart after the end of the season.
Jalen Greene and Michael Pittman are the only returning outside receivers with any experience and Greene has spent a lot of his time in the slot. Grimes is already physically ready to play, but he'll have to show he can lock down the playbook and then make more plays than his fellow receiver competitors.
Grimes is a versatile player. He had 26 receptions for 548 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior and then basically repeated those numbers while also having to step in and play quarterback for Desert Pines when an injury knocked out the starter.
In his first game at the position, he completed five of his six passes for 98 yards and two scores while also rushing for a touchdown. A creative offensive coordinator might keep that in the back of their mind. When Grimes played for Team USA against Canada last weekend, he tossed a 36-yard touchdown pass on a trick play.
Here's Randal Grimes' highlights from his senior season:
Also, check out our quick glance at the 2017 USC Trojans recruiting class to see the latest updates on who has signed.
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