By: Marc Poust | @fatpoust
After a treacherous 2020 recruiting class that ranked at the bottom of the PAC-12, the USC Trojans seem to be getting back on track this national signing day, as a pair of four-star quarterbacks signed the dotted line to head to Los Angeles to play for the Cardinal and Gold. With Matt Fink’s graduation, both Miller Moss and Jaxson Dart will look to compete for the primary reserve quarterback reps behind current Trojan quarterback Kedon Slovis for 2021. However, with Slovis being eligible to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft, we will likely be seeing one of these prospects leading the Trojans into the Memorial Coliseum when the 2022 season comes around.
Miller Moss | 6-2 197 | Bishop Alemany HS – Mission Hills, California | #7 PRO in 2021 (4 Star)
The 6’2 Los Angeles native began his varsity football career at Loyola High School, where he completed 33 of his 55 passes (60%) for 350 yards and two touchdowns. While these statistics are not gaudy by any means, it is vital to remember Moss was competing as a 15-year-old. The tools were there — he just needed some fine-tuning. After his freshman year, Miller headed 25 miles north to Bishop Alemany High School, trading in the Navy and White for the Cardinal and Gold, which he will continue to don for at least the next three seasons.
A contributing factor to Moss’s progression over the years was outstanding mentorship from the Bishop Alemany coaching staff, where their offense emphasized the passing game. The Warriors were coached by Casey Clausen, who played quarterback at Tennessee and is the brother of former Carolina Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
As a junior at Bishop Alemany, Moss completed 215 of his 319 passes (67.4%) for 3,118 yards and 28 touchdowns, en route to a 9-3 record and a CIF Southern Section Division 3 semifinal appearance.
The summer going into his final year of high school football, Moss put forth a stellar performance at the Elite 11 Pro Day, where he came in fourth among his classmates.
Moss was set to transfer to Mater Dei High School, where he would become the Monarchs’ successor to Alabama QB Bryce Young. However, because Moss was on track to graduate early, and the CIF postponed the high school football season until January due to the Coronavirus pandemic, he would not have been eligible for the upcoming season. Moss decided to head back to Bishop Alemany to take online classes in hopes of graduating this month while preparing for spring camp in Southern California.
Moss’s high school career was cut short, which may have put a damper in his stock amongst the general public. Yet, Miller’s services continued to be highly sought-after, choosing the Trojans over Alabama, LSU, Oregon, and UCLA, his father’s alma mater. Nonetheless, even with a myriad of Power Five offers, the decision was simple for the life-long USC fan, and his July 1st commitment has finally been confirmed.
Jaxson Dart | 6-3 210 | Corner Canyon HS – Draper, Utah | #9 PRO in 2021 (4 Star)
Dart began his high school career in Northern Utah, where he started at Roy High School for the first three years. As a junior, he was named All-League after completing 159 of his 247 attempts (64.4%) for 2,440 yards and 22 touchdowns, adding one score on the ground.
In an effort to gain some national recognition, the Kayesville native decided to head to Draper, Utah, to play for the highly regarded Corner Canyon High School program.
Prior to his senior year, Dart was a relative unknown among the recruiting ranks, as he was not even listed in the 247 Composite rankings until the beginning of this season. It was not until the Chargers traveled to Bingham High School did, he rise to national prominence, where Dart put forth an exceptional performance on national television. The 6’3 210-pounder threw for 279 yards and six touchdowns, adding 132 yards on the ground in a 42-20 on ESPN. Shortly after, Pac 12 began rolling in, and the recruiting services started to take note.
Dart’s senior year was truly sensational, completing 240 of 345 passes (69.5%) for 4,691 yards and a Utah state record of 67 touchdowns, shattering Washington State’s Cammon Cooper record of 58 touchdowns set in 2017. He was similarly lethal on the ground, carrying the ball 128 times for 1,195 yards (9.3 yards per carry) and 12 touchdowns, en route to leading Corner Canyon to a 14-0 season and a state championship. Jaxson’s performance landed him on the Max Preps All-Utah First Team, and he was crowned as Mr. Football by Desert News.
Corner Canyon is no stranger to promising quarterback prospects, as it has only been three years since BYU quarterback Zach Wilson donned the Navy and White for the Chargers.
Jaxson, son of former Utah safety Brandon Dart, is the highest-rated quarterback prospect from the state of Utah since Cooper Bateman in 2013.
Dart chose the Trojans over offers from UCLA, Arizona State, Washington State, and BYU.