A pair of players who came to USC as highly touted recruits suffered injuries in spring practice, with wide receiver George Farmer set to miss the entire 2013 season.
USC announced the injuries via Twitter:
USC WR George Farmer will miss the 2013 season after suffering a torn ACL and MCL in his knee.— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) April 5, 2013
Farmer, who was considered the top wide receiver in the nation per Rivals, has struggled to live up to that billing thus far at USC, with just five catches in two seasons. Some of that has been due to injuries, as his hamstring and ankle have bothered him throughout his career, some of it has been due to supremely talented guys ahead of him -- Robert Woods and Marqise Lee were all-Americans in back-to-back years -- and some of it has been due to Farmer just not impressing the way he did in high school. This is yet another setback, and the biggest he's experienced yet.
But 2013 was supposed to be his most important year yet, as he was in line to either start opposite Lee or be the team's third option behind Nelson Agholor. That won't be the case, as he'll have to wait yet another year to show off why he was considered such a hot prospect in high school. The upside is that Farmer never used a redshirt year, so he won't lose any eligibility.
Like Farmer, Cravens was considered the best player at his position in high school, a safety who graduated from high school early to join the Trojans for spring ball. That turned out to be somewhat of a waste, as he'll miss the majority of it with his injury, but at least he got a few extra months in the system with the terminology and could be ready to play come September.