A surprising number of players opted to transfer out of head coach Lincoln Riley’s program. With 20 players leaving Los Angeles and starting quarterback Caleb Williams heading to the NFL, Riley had some restructuring to do.
As backup quarterback Miller Moss showed his skills during the team’s bowl game, the addition of four-star quarterback Jayden Maiava from UNLV is a nice addition to the depth chart.
The biggest highlight of Riley’s portal class is the boost that his secondary group got. The additions of cornerback DeCarlos Nicholson; from Mississippi State, along with safeties Kamari Ramsey; from UCLA, and Akili Arnold; from Oregon State.
Nicholson’s former teammate John Humphrey will also nicely strengthen the safety depth chart.
Adding to the defensive line, Lincoln brought in four-star lineman Nate Clifton and four-star linebacker Easton Mascarenas-Arnold.
The Trojans may have a sneakily good team next year, one that opponents struggle to score against and can consistently put points on the board.