They will hurt more down the road, but they will also have an impact right away. 10 scholarships isn't a little. They might be stacked with high ranking players, but you have to consider that some are over-rated. Their young players also won't have experience in playing in a bowl game, yet a BCS game. Pressure in those situations is different than regular season games. Their O line also took a big hit with Kalil leaving. They do get good recruits, but you never know if somebody will be able to take over the left tackle spot. I think them being in the top 5 is reasonable, but automatic #2 is not. IMO it should be Clemson
Buddy, as I pointed out USC loses scholarships starting THIS year. And as you might know...at most major programs incoming new kids do not play right away. If they are a great program new freshman do not get a chance to play because there is so many older kids who are better. They usually redshirt. However, every team now and again does have a true freshman play some or start. But it is not the norm. And most know that as one lifts weights, gets faster/better/learns system they improve. Most know that a player is better when he is a junior or senior then when he is just a freshman or soph.
I agree that 10/year is a lot and it should effect them. But that first loss of 10 comes in several weeks. They have not lost any yet. See my point? And those 15 kids they bring in this spring will probably mostly all just get a redshirt and practice on the scout team. That is how this works.
I do agree with you that 10/year is a lot. But one can easily see how that would effect any team further on down the road and not right now. And btw, USC has planned much for it. As mentioned earlier they stalked up extra last year and redshirted them all to help cushion them 3-4 years down the road. All the USC coaching staff has already stated this will effect them down the road not presently. It was only their 2 year bowl ban that effected them these last 2 years in the form of moral nothing to play for but pride ect...
I know USC very well. I know all PAC teams very well. And there is one thing about USC you have to understand. They historically get the best recruits all across the nation. You think Oregon has some talent? We do but not even in the same ballpark as USC. USC always seems to recruit the top QB's every freakin year and same with O-line. They used to put more guys in the NFL then anybody. Now I think they are #2. But they have the most hall of fame NFL players. USC always has and always be a recruiting factory. Even under a 2 year bowl ban and sanctions they still hauled in a top class. They are just going to have to start being more picky with recruiting now is all. USC does have one great weakness however this past Century and that has been their own success. In the past, in their prime they always lost their top assistant coaches to other schools. Even more, and this has been true during USC's whole history and not just this past century, is that because they attract such top talent(for the longest of times has been the top or near the top in getting talent) that most USC players do not stick around all 4 years of school. Most leave early for the NFL draft. Their talent and success has made it really hard for guys to stick around long there. They have more first round NFL draft picks for reason. Kids go to USC to be groomed for the NFL more then any other program. That is also why Barkley returning, even though he would of been a really high draft pick, was such a news story...
Personally I do not think USC will suffer down the road as much as people expect. If anything losing Barkley the following year might hurt them some trying to break in a new QB. Barkley was the very top #1 prospect in his class. And he was the first USC freshman QB to start, and will have started all 4 years. Next year is their year, with Barkley returning and USC returning those top WR talents and weapons for Barkley to pass to. And everybody knows it. And that's why the media is going crazy about them right now... And the hype unfortunately is very legit imo.
Also, USC's O-lineman Kalil, who will be the #2 NFL draft pick this year, in theory one would think USC would miss him. However USC just got this top JC recruit that is supposed to be really good to fill his spot.
Now let me take a shower from defending my enemy...
This post was edited on 12/26 at 6:12 am