Another of the handful of USC wide receivers who left the Trojans this offseason has found a new college football home.
On his personal Twitter account Monday, Keyshawn Young announced that he will be continuing his playing career at Marshall. The missive comes a little over a month after Young utilized the same social media website to confirm his transfer from the Trojans.
Barring an unexpected turn of events, Young will be forced to sit out the 2019 season to comply with NCAA transfer bylaws. That would then make the 2020 season his final year of eligibility.
Young was a three-star member of the Trojans’ 2016 recruiting class. The 5-11, 170-pound Florida native played in nine games, all at cornerback, during his true freshman season before moving to wide receiver prior to his sophomore campaign. He didn’t catch a pass in either of the past two seasons.
In addition to Young, Randal Grimes (UNLV), Josh Imatorbhebhe (Illinois), Trevon Sidney (Illinois) are all receivers who have left the Land of Troy this offseason and found new homes. Bru McCoy (Texas) and Velus Jones (NCAA transfer database) left as well before experiencing a change of heart and ultimately returning HERE and HERE.
That whole commitment-issue-plaguing-society thing has reared its wishy-washy head yet again, eh coach?
Earlier this offseason, after deciding to transfer from USC, Randal Grimes committed to continuing his collegiate playing career at Minnesota. On Instagram Thursday night, however, Grimes wrote that while he appreciated the opportunity presented to him by P.J. Fleck and the Minnesota football program, “it was in God’s plan for me to see another path” that will lead him to UNLV.
“I am signed and committed to my hometown, THE UNLV REBELS,” the Las Vegas native confirmed.
Grimes was a three-star recruit member of the Trojans’ Class of 2017, rated as the No. 7 player at any position in the state of Nevada. He caught two passes for 17 yards his true freshman season, then didn’t record a reception this past year.
It’s expected UNLV will seek a waiver for immediate eligibility for the wide receiver.
The transfer portal was busy on the first day of March adding names from the USC Trojans. Defensive back Greg Johnson and wide receiver Velus Jones, according to reports from Ryan Abraham of USCFootball.com, are the newest entries to the NCAA transfer portal this offseason. That brings the offseason transfer portal total up to 10 players for the Trojans at this point in time.
Johnson was a four-star recruit in USC’s Class of 2017. The Los Angeles native played in 10 games for the Trojans last fall after sitting out the 2017 season with a redshirt. In those 10 games, Johnson recorded 15 tackles and broke up three passes. He will have three years of eligibility remaining but will have to sit out the 2019 season if he lands at another FBS program. Of course, he could always try filing for a waiver to be eligible this fall too and hope the NCAA grants him immediate eligibility.
Jones was a three-star recruit in the Class of 2016. He has yet to find his role within the program though, and perhaps a change of scenery and a chance to break in with a new program will do him well. What makes this more troubling for USC is the Trojans now have seen four wide receivers enter the NCAA transfer portal, with Randal Grimes already having made his transfer to Minnesota official. And of course, this offseason was highlighted by the quick departure of early signing period commitment Bru McCoy, a five-star wide receiver, backing out of his decision to attend USC and later sign with Texas.
In all, there are at least 10 players currently showing up in the NCAA transfer portal from USC. Three players have officially moved on. A player in the transfer portal can officially make contact with other programs but is not necessarily officially gone from their current program. Players can withdraw their name from the portal at any time, as some players around the country have. We’ll have to wait and see how the rest of the players choosing to evaluate their options a bit more this offseason end up with their status at USC, but this has been quite a turbulent offseason for the Men of Troy.