USC now has commitments from two of the top-ranked quarterbacks in the country committed. The 247Sports Composite’s No. 5 pro-style passer, Miller Moss, announced his pledge to the Trojans Monday afternoon, joining the No. 4 pro-style passer Jake Garcia.
Clay Helton and the Trojans didn’t sign a signal-caller in the 2020 cycle after seeing local five-star Bryce Young flip to Alabama, but they bounced back nicely with some strong home-cooking in Moss and Garcia. It’s a bounceback year as a whole on the recruiting trail as Moss’s pledge boosts this now 14-player class to No. 4 nationally in the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings. That’s 50 spots better than where the storied Pac 12 program finished a year ago. Garcia and Moss are indeed the jewels of the class.
Garcia committed to Helton and company on Sept. 23, sweetening USC’s sting a day after Young went public with his plans to play for the Crimson Tide. Moss comes in ready to compete with him, Kedon Slovis and who ever else is on the depth chart as offensive coordinator Graham Harrell works to replenish his depleted quarterback room.
Coincidentally, Moss and Garcia work with the same private quarterback coach in Danny Hernandez, who obviously sees both pupils as guys who can be the face of USC’s program down the road.
Garcia’s offer list included Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and UCLA as all the heavyweights were swinging on him early in the cycle. As a junior he completed over 70 percent of his attempts for 2,301 yards and 25 touchdowns to just eight interceptions
“I think Jake has one of the smoothest strokes in the country,” Hernandez said. “He can throw with anybody. I think Jake sometimes doesn’t get that much credit for his athleticism. The kid can really move, throw from every arm slot. He can literally make every single throw. The other thing about Jake, he’s a real high energy guy. Jake is the kind of guy, he owns the room right when he walks in there. I think people want to play for that guy. He has that juice about him you really want to be around and he’s always been a guy that’s been loved by his teammates.”
Moss ultimately chose the Trojans over the Crimson Tide, LSU and Bruins. He threw for 3,118 yards and 28 touchdowns in the fall with 10 interceptions for Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany.
“He’s one of the smartest quarterbacks I’ve ever worked with,” Hernandez said. “He’s highly intelligent. Just from a throwing standpoint the kid can literally make every single throw. He’s a real student of the game and has an understanding and appreciation of the entire game. The other thing I love about Miller is how competitive he is. You’ll see he has mamba in his profile, he’s willing to compete against anybody. He’s just that fierce competitor, not scared in any setting whether that’s getting on the board, leading a team, matching someone throw for throw, whatever it is thats who he is.
“I think he’s going to do great at the next level. He’s that guy that does a good job making everyone else around him better. He’s that guy that will click right away and be on the same page with his offensive coordinator and finishing his sentences, thats the kind of guy he is.”
Moss and Garcia are no strangers to each other
“They’ve worked out together, they’ve played 7on7 together before, they’ve been on the same journey for awhile and them being on the same team is nothing crazy to me,” Hernandez explained. “When you go to a program like SC you know you’re going to attract the best and they happen to be two of the best in the area and good for SC to be able to get two high-profile guys like that.”