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.
Shelby Dermer and John Snodgrass and Jon Richardson, Cincinnati Enquirer
Buy Photo MND guard Gabbie Marshall attempts a three point shot.,Westerville South Notes: Mount Notre Dame lands at No. 3 as my top local squad in Division I.,Berlin Hiland Notes: Purcell Marian is 11-1 with its only loss coming to Dayton Carroll, which is in my top 5 for Division II.,Cincinnati Country Day Notes: Cincinnati Country Day squeaks into the No. 10 slot as they occupy the top spot in the Miami Valley Conference’s Scarlet division.,AP Poll The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Ohio high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses, win-loss record and total points: DIVISION I 1.