Prior to T.J. McDonald's announcement there was serious concern in Trojanland that USC needed to bring in a slew of solid defensive backs.
And so far, they have. It's impossible to predict if these new players will reach the level of McDonald or Nickell Robey. But the upside is incredibly high.
Because Ed Orgeron, Lane and Monte Kiffin worked their "what can we do under these sanctions" magic. And as of December we learned that highly-touted five-star junior college transfer Gerald Bowman had committed to the Trojans. While Bowman had initially planned to enroll early, the Pierce College player will enroll in the fall.
But the Trojans were able to bring in a defensive back this January. We heard that a safety from Florida was coming back to Southern California because of a health issue with his family. Soon after, Josh Shaw had transferred to USC and enrolled in classes. He has been at the Trojans' players-only throwing sessions and taking tips from the current defensive backs. It is believed Shaw will be eligible to play next fall rather than sitting out due to transfer guidelines because he applied for a hardship waiver.
USC is safe with its safeties in Shaw and Bowman. Now what about the corners?
Big time prospect Kevon Seymour, a four-star recruit out of Pasadena (Calif.) Muir High School committed to the Trojans at the U.S. Army All-American Game. Seymour is a 6-0, 170-pound athlete that also played receiver and running back in high school. He had offers from all over the Pac-12 as well as Florida and Nebraska, but the Trojans were his number one target and he let them know.
One player to note is Nelson Agholor, the highly-desired recruit from Tampa, Fla. Agholor was a two-way player in high school where he played running back, receiver and safety. It is believed, however, that USC is recruiting him to play offense. Another Florida native in Tracy Howard, a five-star cornerback out of Miramar, Fl., took an official to USC in early January but it is believed he will sign with Florida on National Signing Day.