Southern Cal is the top-ranked Pac-12 team in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early top 25, and one of the reasons could be the newcomers the Trojans have in the fold.

The Trojans are expected to return 14 players, including special teams, from a team that finished 11-3. But now Lincoln Riley is trying to replace 2 key players from that team who left for the NFL Draft: wide receiver Jordan Addison and defensive lineman Tuli Tulipolotu.

ESPN explained why Singer is a player to watch in its rundown of top newcomers ahead of 2023:

“Lincoln Riley plucked Arizona’s Dorian Singer — arguably the best receiver in the Pac-12 last year — to help bolster an already loaded wide receiver room and then added 4-star defensive lineman Anthony Lucas from Texas A&M to alleviate the departure of Tulipolotu, who accounted for the most sacks in the country last season (13.5). The Trojans’ defense needs plenty of work if USC wants to compete for a title next season, and adding a player of Lucas’ caliber is an ideal place to begin. Meanwhile, Singer will be the ideal top target for Caleb Williams to try to replicate his Heisman season.”

For context, Singer led the Pac-12 in receiving yards last season with 1,105 as the lead target in Arizona’s high-powered passing attack.