Without McCoy, who transferred to Texas after he was enrolled in classes for less than three weeks, USC does not have a five-star in the fold for its recruiting class for the first time since 2000, when recruiting services began ranking the top high school players.,Over more recent years, the Trojans have faced more difficulty reeling in five-star talent, largely the prospects from outside California, at times leaving them over-reliant on top players from their own backyard.,The Trojans finished 5-7 last year, their first losing season since 2000, prompting calls from fans for Helton to be fired following his third full season before the embattled coach was retained by Athletic Director Lynn Swann.,But even in the initial seasons under Helton, while the Trojans made consecutive New Year’s Six bowl games, they were unable to pluck five-star recruits from other regions of the country and poach prospects from other blue-blood schools that have had a better recent track record of producing NFL draft picks, especially among offensive linemen.,Gorney and other analysts reasoned that the Trojans have had enough talent in recent seasons to contend for Pac-12 championships, and they won the conference crown in their second season under Helton in 2017.

Van Dyke capped a successful week that included being part of three victories for the Black Raiders at the Don Shilling Invitational in Le Mars by signing her letter of intent to run track and cross country at South Dakota State.,With an individual win in the 800 meters as well as helping the sprint medley and 4x400 relays to wins, Van Dyke, the Journal’s Metro Athlete of the Week, played a key role in helping the Black Raider girls to the team title.,Van Dyke is hoping to make it in the open 800 at Drake for the first time in her career, and is also looking to help the 4x400 and sprint medley also qualify.,The daughter of Dave and Vicki Van Dyke of Lawton, Iowa can become a four-time state qualifier in the 800, having finished 10th as a sophomore before earning a medal last year.,“I have been put in the open 400 a couple of times just so I don’t have to run so many (800s) this year,” Van Dyke said.