USC plans to bring in one to two quarterbacks in the 2015 recruiting class, which means currently – they're set.
The first commit of the class came years ago from Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian's David Sills. Sills, a Scout three-star quarterback, committed to former coach Lane Kiffin when he was just in the eighth grade. Sills is the product of quarterback guru Steve Clarkson, who groomed former Trojans Matt Cassel, Matt Leinart, and Matt Barkley.
It will be interesting to see if Sills' commitment to the Trojans sticks through National Signing Day 2015. Since the hiring of coach Steve Sarkisian, Sills has been on a collegiate tour checking out his options. Those close to Sills on the East Coast are adamant he will not end up at USC. Sarkisian did not initially recruit Sills when he took over the head job for the Trojans. He later jumped in on Sills recruitment, a source telling Scout that Sark watched Sills' film and liked what he saw as a fit for his up-tempo offense. But, Sarkisian will have ground to make up since taking a few months off from Sills – and taking the commitment of 2015 quarterback Ricky Town. Those close to Sills on the West Coast believe USC is still the dream and if Sark can make up for time lost, Sills will end up in Cardinal and Gold.
Town, Scout's No. 1 rated quarterback in the 2015 class, originally committed to Alabama and coach Nick Saban in August, before his junior season of high school. Since then, however, there was a coaching change at USC --- Town's dream school --- and a commitment flip to the Trojans.
The Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure quarterback is now all USC. He was a fixture at spring practices sporting USC gear and has been active for the Trojans on the recruiting trail to try to help build a 2015 recruiting class around him.
There's been buzz that Town hasn't looked fantastic this spring in 7on7 tournaments, but Scout's Greg Biggins says that's not usually where Town shines. He shines with the pads on, under game-time pressure – always making the smart decision as a QB. The Bottome Line: Town's commitment will stick through National Signing Day, when he'll sign with the Trojans. It's very much up in the air – depending which coast you're on – whether or not Sills will sign with the Trojans. If Sills decommits, USC could go with just one quarterback in the 2015 class.
Offensive line depth is a top priority and a top concern for the Trojans. It's a position group that has currently been hit hard by the sanctions and by the injury bug. The Trojans brought in five offensive linemen in the 2014 class of 19 recruits. They'll try to bring in three to four more in their 2015 class of 25. USC recently picked up their first offensive line commit in Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern high school's Chuma Edoga. Edoga is a Scout four-star prospect, the No. 3 overall offensive tackle in the class. Edoga has wasted no time trying to recruit other players to join him at USC, but who will join him on the offensive line At last count, there are 12 offers out to linemen across the country. The Trojans other top-tackle priority, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral's Keenan Walker, gave his verbal to Arizona over the weekend but there are still plenty of top linemen on the offer list and offers are continuing to go out. USC is in a good place for its most recent offer, Herriman (Utah) tackle Andre James. James told Scout, "It's definitely a big offer for me, it's huge. I have a lot of interest in USC, I have liked them for a long time so to get the offer means a lot. I didn't really have a childhood favorite or anything but growing up, I definitely liked USC a lot and I'm going to give them a hard look."
The Trojans are also in the mix for Bellevue (Wash.) offensive tackle Henry Roberts. Roberts, the No. 18 tackle in 2015, has offers from the entire Pac-12. He told Scout that USC and Washington are recruiting him the hardest. Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward offensive tackle Roy Hemsley is rumored to be a USC lean, though it could come down to either Los Angeles school, the Trojans or the Bruins. The Scout four-star won't make a decision until the fall comes around, telling Scout he still wants to take a few visits. Offensive guard prospect Josh Wariboko of Oklahoma City (Okla.) Casady high school was an Oklahoma commit until recently, when he announced via Twitter he was no longer committed to the Sooners. USC has never waned on its recruitment of the Scout four-star and the Trojans believe they're in a good place with Wariboko. He recently visited campus with his family and enjoyed the visit. Yes, he is saying he wants to go to school where his younger brother has offers – but it remains to be seen if that will be a legitimate possibility for the siblings. Is there a pipeline between USC and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco high school? It doesn't seem farfetched at this point. The Trojans reeled in 2013 offensive lineman Nico Falah from the Braves. In 2014, they picked up offensive lineman Damien Mama and defensive end Malik Dorton. Could 2015 continue the trend with a commitment from Zach Robertson? It's a possibility, but Robertson recently told Scout it's the school across town – UCLA – that leads for him. Robertson, a Scout three-star, did make a couple spring visits to the Trojans practices… but the Bruins might be hard to beat here. The Bottom Line: It remains to be seen how USC decides to utilize its space for offensive linemen – dividing between guards and tackles. The Trojan coaches have said they want to see how their incoming class fits before making a firm decision on how many guards versus tackles they take in 2015.
" I have a lot of interest in USC, I have liked them for a long time so to get the offer means a lot."
The Trojans didn't take a running back in the 2014 recruiting class with other position groups in much more of a need for bodies. But in 2015, USC says it will most likely take two commitments to begin stocking depth behind sophomores Justin Davis and Ty Isaac. Currently, the Trojans have six offers out to tailbacks, only one is on the West Coast and two of those out of state offers have verbally committed elsewhere. The solo West Coast offer belongs to Redlands (Calif.) East Valley's Malik Lovette. Lovette called it an ‘honor' to receive an offer from the Trojans. He says he's open to leaving home, but look for the Scout four-star to stick close to LA. He could be a dual threat out of the backfield for the Trojans. Lovette also plays receiver in high school. It's interesting in a position of need that the Trojans haven't offered other West Coast prospects, but as Scout has determined, no other top-flight West Coast tailbacks have emerged from the class. The Bottom Line: Lovette is certain possibility for the Trojans but USC may have to find a diamond in the rough at tailback this year or score big with an out of state prospect if they want to bring in two tailbacks.
USC brought in a small handful of players in 2014 who have the potential to play on both sides of the ball – so it will be interesting in the fall how man receivers end up on the Trojans roster. Regardless, we're told USC will try to sign two to three receivers in 2015. USC already has a commitment from 2015 receiver Taeon Mason of Pasadena (Calif.) Muir high school. It is still to be determined whether Mason will play on the offensive or defensive side of the ball for the Trojans. USC is most impressed with the speed of their commit. As for the commitment status of the four-star, he's solid with USC but is still going to check out his options, which include Oregon State and Notre Dame. Undoubtedly, one of their top targets is Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro four-star Christian Kirk. Kirk has over 30 offers from across the country. USC coaches began recruiting Kirk when they were at Washington and they haven't let up a bit since moving to USC. Kirk, 5-foot-11 197-pounds, has yet to narrow his list of offers, but when he does expect USC to make the cut. Anaheim (Calif.) Servite four-star Equanimeous St. Brown is another top-target in the class. St. Brown is a four-star recruit, the No. 9 rated receiver in the 2015 class. The Trojans have made his cut to five along with Stanford, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Northwestern. St. Brown was another player who made a few stops by the Trojans spring practices. USC is also in a good position with Pasadena (Calif.) Muir receiver Desean Holmes as well as Pleasanton (Calif) Foothill receiver Isaiah Langley. Langley, however, recently admitted to Scout that his heart is at cornerback. He has yet to narrow his list of many offers, but says USC, UCLA, California and Oregon are recruiting him hardest. The Bottom Line: The Trojans are well in the mix for the top talent in the West and will undoubtedly be able to bring in talent at least at the four-star level at receiver.
USC needs tight ends – badly. They'll try to bring in two to three in 2015 and it shouldn't be a hard sell to get top tight ends to want to play at Troy. The depth is incredibly favorable for early playing time. USC will lose Randall Telfer to graduation after this season, Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick now enters his third year and true freshman Bryce Dixon will just be entering his second season when the 2015 class arrives. So who will it be? Five tight end offers are out, one is verbally committed to UCLA.
Buffalo (NY) Canisius tight end Tyrone Wheatley Jr. recently took a visit out West to check out the Trojans and all indications point to him liking what he saw. There is also a great connection for USC to the Scout four-star… his father, Tyrone Wheatley Sr. played with the Oakland Raiders at the same time as USC tight ends coach Marques Tuiasosopo. Tuiasosopo has been on top of Wheatley's recruitment since coaching at Washington. "USC was also really nice," Wheatley told Scout after his visit. "It is one of my favorite schools growing up as a kid. I lived out in California." The Trojans have also offered West Coast tight end Tyler Petite, a three-star recruit out of Moraga (Calif.) Campolindo. He has over ten offers and recently admitted to Scout that USC is one of his top schools. The Bottom Line: It looks promising for USC to land commitments from Wheatley and Petite, which would be a nice haul for a much needed tight end class. Get in the discussion with other USC fans in the Fight On! SC Insiders Forum
" SC was also really nice," Wheatley told Scout. "It is one of my favorite schools growing up as a kid. I lived out in California.."