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USC football recruiting: Trojans are loading up at wide receiver

Adding Tyler Vaughns to an already stacked group is practically unfair to the rest of the Pac-12

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Oh, what could have been Ricky Town.

If the Elite 11 alum had stuck around and competed to win the starting job after Cody Kessler leaves after the 2015 season, he could have been throwing to some ridiculous wide receiver talent during his career in Los Angeles.

The 2016 wide receiver class for USC is at another level compared to anyone else in the conference or for any other program in the nation for that matter. The addition of Tyler Vaughns, who may have the best ball skills out of anyone in the nation, to an already great group of four that were already committed, should give defensive back coaches in the Pac-12 nightmares in the coming years.

Bishop Amat's Vaughns is the number one receiver that every program is hoping to land. The kind of player that can be covered, but never truly be covered because he snatches the football away from his body so well and does a great job coming down with 50/50 balls. The other receiver from Bishop Amat, Trevon Sidney, is one of the best slot receiver prospects in the country and was a difference maker at The Opening back in July.

Josh Imatorbhebhe is a big target out of Georgia that can go up and get the football (a 47 inch vertical at The Opening!). Oaks Christian's Michael Pittman is a former UCLA commit and is an even bigger target (6'4" 205) that can do some damage after the catch. To give you an idea of how physical he is, some project that he would be a better outside linebacker at the next level than receiver.

Those players are all 4 star prospects, but the lone 3 star, Velus Jones, could end up being as good or better than any of them. I think he's a steal out of SEC country in Alabama that shows an explosive burst.

As great as the class looks now, it could get even better if the Trojans end up landing former Oregon commit Theo Howard. He would be more of a true deep threat than the others they have committed. It already is an embarrassment of riches at the position, but that would take it over the top.

The overabundance of talent may ultimately be the only issue. Can they keep all of the talent committed? Can they keep the players on campus if they end up being buried on the depth chart while others may shine early in their careers? I don't think it would be a Ricky Town situation where players might leave during camp, but transfers could easily happen after  year or two because these players are all big time players who will want to touch the football a lot.

For USC, it may not matter if any of them end up leaving. The way they are recruiting, they will more than likely be able to plug in another blue chip receiver in the next class. When it comes to this receiver class, though, no one is bringing in more talent than the Trojans.