March 5, 2009

Recruiting Special: Receiving Offers

Balance has been a winning adjective for the Trojans offensive since Pete Carroll's arrival in 2001.

Balance is something that currently escapes USC's depth chart at wide receiver. Next season, five of the Trojans' eight wide receivers will be juniors. USC needs to recruit quality and in 2010.

The question is; do they need to recruit quantity as well?

As touched on in earlier recruiting features, this year's crop of wide outs appears to be deep at the Z (flanker) and Y (slot) position, but shallow at the X (split) position. One of the fundamental differences in these positions is height. Z and Y receivers tend to be shorter, yet faster prospects. X receivers are taller, yet sacrifice speed for physicality in most instances.

In recent years, the Trojans' passing game has thrived on the talents of receivers capable of stretching the field. Damian Williams had 58 receptions for 869 yards in 2008, whereas Patrick Turner and David Ausberry combined for 58 receptions for 830 yards.

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