Southern California’s football team won’t play in a bowl game this season and the program had to shed a Heisman Trophy award last month because of NCAA violations. But there’s one area where the school is still No. 1 in college football: hoarding top-level recruits.
Heading into the 2010 season, which begins next week, USC’s projected starters average 4.27 stars on the recruiting system at Rivals.com, a website that ranks high-school athletes in terms of talent by awarding them stars, ranging between two and five. That 4.27 mark is tied with the University of Florida atop major college-football in terms of the teams’ projected starters in Phil Steele’s annual College Football Preview.