Kevin Carden's picks:
Scott Starr – The early enrollee from Norco High School enters Fall Camp as the backup middle linebacker after a solid performance during spring ball. Starr has good size, already knows the defense and plays with a great deal of fire. Look for Starr to see some time backing up Dawson as well as contribute in a variety of ways on special teams.
Greg Biggins' picks:
Nelson Agholor - The talk is Agholor will start out at running back but I love his upside at receiver. He's an incredible talent and has the same upside and potential to impact right away as Trojan WRs Robert Woods and Marqise Lee did. Agholor has size, toughness and the desire to play right away and he won't be overwhelmed by the physical side of the game early on. He runs well, catches everything and is already a very polished receiver at a young age.
Max Tuerk - In last year's loaded class out West of offensive lineman, Tuerk might be the guy most ready to play right away. He's extremely tough and physical and plays with a mean streak. He has the size and strength to play as a true freshman and has been very well coached his whole HS career as well. He moves well enough to play guard or tackle but guard is likely his best college position. Depth chart usually determines whether a true freshman can make an impact right away and Tuerk should break in to the two-deep by the end of the summer.
Gerald Bowman - A big reason Bowman chose USC was to step in and play early. The Trojans have a couple of returning safeties coming back this fall but Bowman should still make an impact. He's a tough kid, very physical tackler, and his JUCO experience should help his transition to big time college ball. With plenty of experience all around him, Bowman is in a great position where he can ease his way in to the mix and it's expected by the latter half of the season, he could be a key contributor.
JUCO transfer Gerald Bowman gives USC another talented safety.