Even before USC football landed Jordan Addison via the transfer portal, college football fans and analysts were crying and complaining that the Trojans would only land the 2021 Biletnikoff award winner for NIL money.
They hilariously ignored that USC doesn’t even have a NIL collective, among other obvious factors working towards USC’s favor outside of NIL. ESPN college football writer Paolo Uggetti ended those screams just minutes after Addison signed with SC:
Hatred of the USC program has always been there, but it shot up a few notches as the Addison rumors flew. Now that Addison is here, it’s more than plausible that hatred of this program could rise again. It’s hands down one of the best parts about being a USC fan.
The funniest thing about the whole NIL discussion with Jordan Addison and USC is that it wouldn’t even have mattered if the elite wide receiver had chosen the trojan program for NIL reasons. SC cannot give him any money himself. Again, they don’t even have a collective. Nothing illegal had happened at all.
Still, it was interesting to see Uggetti point out the facts of the situation. Addison’s relationship with Caleb Williams and his family was the primary factor here. Add in the fact that Lincoln Riley is known as the best offense coach in the country and it’s a clear play made in heaven for Addison.
Best wideout in football in 2022, featuring a top 3 football quarterback in 2022 and a top 5 football coach in 2022 (#1 Offensive Coach) on a program that churned out 11 national championships has produced (second all time). ) and seven Heisman trophies (a first ever) was a perfect combination, and Addison knew it.
USC, known as Wide Receiver University, last year still produced the nation’s top wide receiver of 2021, even in their worst season in program history. Drake London was the clear favorite for the Biletnikoff Award before injuring himself in game eight of the season and missing the rest of the year. He was also the first wideout in the 2022 NFL Draft last month (eighth overall).
To do so in one of the worst offensive systems USC has ever had and THE worst season USC has ever had to show how much potential the program has when it comes to developing Addison even further. If SC WRs perform even better than Addison while they are at their worst, imagine what they can do with Addison now that Riley is on top.
The football aspect of the decision outweighed the NIL money Addison could have received at other schools. He’s in the perfect spot as he heads into the 2022 season and will be looking to add a second Biletnikoff trophy to the mantel very soon.