Below is USCFootball.com’s 2022 initial version of the Scholarship Distribution Chart. This chart will keep track of every Trojan football player on scholarship, which position they play and which class they represent. The chart will also give details on total scholarship numbers and how close USC is to the maximum limit of 85 total players on scholarship. This chart will be updated throughout the year as players are added, leave the program, switch positions or when walk-ons are granted scholarships. It will also note where players who enter the NCAA Transfer Portal end up.
Pre Fall Camp Update:
Following USC’s summer workouts, the team put out a pre-fall camp roster for Pac-12 Media Day. Two names that were on the roster in the spring were no longer listed as Trojan football team members, freshman punter Atticus Bertrams and sophomore offensive lineman Maximus Gibbs. At media day Riley said there were challenges with international players and they would have more clarity on Bertrams as they get closer to fall camp and that Gibbs was dealing with a personal matter. In late May USC also picked up another scholarship quarterback, the San Pablo (Calif.) Contra Costa College quarterback Jake Jensen.
Post Spring Football Update:
The Trojans held a successful spring football session under the new head coach Lincoln Riley and it turned out to be a fairly stable period for the overall football roster. Early in spring ball offensive lineman Ty Buchanan entered the portal and subsequently chose Texas Tech and shortly after spring practice ended linebacker Elijah Winston also entered the portal.
The NCAA established May 1 as the deadline for players to enter the portal and remain eligible for the 2022 college football season. We anticipated a flurry of names entering the portal from the Trojans roster after the end of spring ball, but Winston was the only player who decided to try and find greener pastures.
Riley talked about his desire to add “double-digit” players to the portal, but without more players leaving, we are not seeing the open spots to bring that many guys in. As of May 10 USC added Ohio State safety Bryson ShawArizona State linebacker Eric Gentry and Wyoming defensive end Solomon Byrd.
Spring Football Updates:
The first spring football session under Lincoln Riley has provided some more updates to the roster. While it was never announced, safety Isaiah Pola-Mao is no longer on the roster and is turning pro, taking part in USC’s Pro Day.
There were also several position changes heading into the spring: Chris Thompson moved from safety to linebacker, linebackers Elijah Winston and Solomon Tuliaupupu both moved to rush end and Maximus Gibbs moved back to offensive line after a year at defensive tackle.
When USC released its spring guide, two names that were not announced to have been in the NCAA Transfer Portal were no longer on the roster, wide receiver Jake Smith who transferred in from Texas and cornerback Dorian Hewett.
Traditional National Signing Day Update:
The Trojans were extremely active in the NCAA Transfer Portal through National Letter of Intent Day, with players leaving and joining the roster up until the drop-dead date to register for spring semester classes (January 27). The big name that USC fans were waiting for was former Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williamswho made his decision to become a Trojan official on February 1. He is enrolled in classes at USC and has joined the team in off-season workouts and he plans to participate in spring football.
Since the Early Signing Period update, nine more Trojans have entered the portal: WR Joseph Manjack (Houston), OL Casey CollierQB Jackson Dart (Miss), TE Michael Trigg (Miss), WR Bru McCoyCB Jayden Williams (Lou), DL Ishmael SopsherLB Kaulana Makaula and DL Maninoa Tufono. Punter Ben Griffiths also left the program, making himself eligible for the NFL Draft.
USC added 11 more players through the portal since the Early Signing Period including Williams as we mentioned above: WR Terrell Bynum (UW), DL Tyrone Taleni (KSU), WR Mario Williams (OK), WR Brenden Rice (CU), CB Mekhi Blackmon (OK), RB Austin Jones(Stan), RB Travis Dye (UO), OLB Romello Height (Aub), CB Latrell McCutchin (OK), LB Shane Lee (Ala) and QB Caleb Williams (OK).
Early Signing Period/Signing Day Update: New head coach Lincoln Riley didn’t have much time to put together a large 2022 recruiting class during the Early Signing Period. USC parted ways with several of the carryover commits and a few new names were added to the list. USC ended up signing seven high school prospects including Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei five-star running back Raleek Brown. The Trojans still have a few names they are after that will announce during the All-Star games plus more targets that will sign in February.
NCAA Transfer Portal Updates: With the head coaching change we expected significant roster turnover. Following the end of the 2021 football season, these are the scholarship players that have entered their names into the NCAA Transfer Portal: DL Jacob Lichtenstein (Miami), LB Hunter EcholsDB Chase WilliamsLB Raymond ScottQB Kedon Slovis (Pitt), K Parker LewisRB Kenan ChristonOL Liam DouglasLB Juliano Falaniko.
USC added these players from the portal: DL Earl Barquet (TCU) and OL Bobby Haskins (Virginia).
Early NFL Defections: So far eight USC players with college eligibility remaining have declared for the NFL Draft, wide receiver Drake Londonoffensive lineman Jalen McKenzielinebacker Kana’i Maugacornerback Chris Steele, defensive back Greg Johnsonoutside linebacker Drake Jackson and cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart.
Expanded Roster Ends: In 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA suspended the advancement of college football player’s eligibility during the shortened 2020 football season. That meant every player on the roster kept their 2020 class designation in 2021 and returning seniors did not count toward a program’s 85 scholarship limit. USC had 14 such players in 2021, but in 2022 the NCAA has NOT granted any extra scholarships above the 85 limit.
The NCAA is helping programs to replace players who have entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. Each team can add up to seven more initial scholarships above the allotted 25, as long as many players have left the program. So if a team has seven or more players transfer out of the program, they can bring in up to 32 new players (including transfers) instead of just 25. These are initial counters and do not impact the 85 scholarship limit.
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