Summer is underway for the Trojans, which means the rest of the USC class is heading to campus in 2022. Last month we looked at each of the incoming USC freshmen and their potential impact this fall. Now let’s move on to incoming transfers. The transfer series starts with a JUCO specialist. All rankings are generated via the 247Sports Composite unless otherwise stated.
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Statistics: 37.6 yards per punt (16 attempts)
Complementary additions usually happen under the radar, and that was the case with Garth White of Ventura College (California). The SoCal native attended USC midweek to watch spring training and was signed to the Trojans a few days later. White, who will be a preferred walk-on for the 2022 season, doesn’t come to USC with many stats, largely because he was sitting behind an All-American kicker. Ventura College also went 10-0 and didn’t punt much, even without a long snapper for much of the year. But White is considered a five-star prospect by Chris Sailer as both a kicker and punter thanks to his powerful leg. He will be the second specialist this summer alongside Australian newcomer Atticus Bertrams.
New signing Betrams is the favorite to take the starting position this summer, but you shouldn’t count the 6-foot-4 whites as a fall camp contender. It helps that Bertrams is the only scholar on the 2022 roster, but the top player will play under Lincoln Riley, and White already has some college experience. But at worst, white will be much-needed depth for insurance speculators this season.
White is a great asset this summer due to his versatility in both punter and kicker, as he is able to provide depth at both positions, which was a weak point at spring camp with only four Specialists on the roster. USC appears seeded with veteran grantee Alex Stadthaus, but it only trailed one other kicker, preferred walk-on Denis Lynch. White, who has a field goal reach of 55 yards, gives this position some breathing room this fall and the potential to become a starter down the line. The JUCO pickup could also become the opening specialist for the Trojans in Year 1 to save Stadthaus’s leg for the placekick.
High School Signer Reports:
Punter Atticus Bertrams
Outside linebacker Garrison Madden
Edge rusher Devan Thompkins
Cornerback Fabian Ross
Security Zion Branch
Athlete Raleek Brown