USC plans to bring in one to two quarterbacks in the 2015 recruiting class, which means currently – they're set.
Looking back, 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.
During the recruiting period, USC quarterbacks coach Clay Helton made a trip to Sills' high school for their college day to watch him throw.
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.
Sills admitted to Scout after throwing on college day, that he's not as comfortable with USC's current staff as he was with the previous group. Important to keep in mind, though, that USC's QB coach remains a holdover from Kiffin's staff.
Sills will be at personal quarterback coach Steve Clarkson's quarterback retreat in San Diego this weekend. He remains verbally committed the Trojans.
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.
Town has been active on social media welcoming USC's newest commits to the 'Trojan Family'.
There's been buzz that Town hasn't looked fantastic this spring in camps and on the 7on7 circuit, 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 Bottom 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.
Edoga, 6-foot-4 277-pounds, is the No. 3 overall offensive tackle in the class. He's turned into a loud voice for USC on the recruiting front, overtaking social media to talk about the Trojans and their class to come.
Hemsley, 6-foot-5 270-pounds, is the No. 19 offensive tackle in the class. He originally thought he would hold off until fall to make his announcement, but told Scout he felt the timing was right and decided to make the early decision, "USC is the place be right now," he said. Hemsley chose USC over the Bruins.
In theory, that leaves two spots left on USC's offensive line in 2015, if coaches stick to their original plan of taking up to four commits at the position. It's still in the air if they are looking for guards or tackles.
The Trojans remain in good position for 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."
Bellevue (Wash.) tackle Henry Roberts recently released his top three schools, Stanford, USC, and Washington. Roberts is the No. 18 tackle in 2015. Roberts tells Scout he'll make his final decision before the high school season kicks off.
Offensive guard prospect Josh Wariboko of Oklahoma City (Okla.) Casady was an Oklahoma commit, that is until he decommitted. USC pursued Wariboko despite his-once verbal commitment and that could leave the Trojans in a good place for the talented guard. The catch though? Wariboko wants to be a 'package deal' with his younger brother, 2016 safety Max Wariboko. The brothers visited campus this, both enjoying the visit. But will USC offer little brother Max? That remains to be seen. UCLA did.
Just down the 110 from USC is Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco high school, where the Trojans have collected two of the top linemen in the country in their last two recruiting classes -- Nico Falah and Damien Mama. Will 2015 offensive guard Zach Robertson join them in Cardinal and Gold?
Robertson, a Scout three-star, remains steadfast he doesn't have any favorites, but get him talking about recruiting, and he seems to have a lot to say about UCLA and the Bruin staff recruiting him.
The Trojans are also still in the race for Sacramento (Calif.) Grant offensive tackle Darrin Paolo. The Scout three-star told Scout that Washington State, UCLA, and USC are among the schools recruiting him hardest and that offensive line coach Tim Drevno wants him to camp with the Trojans this summer.
The Bottom Line: Two spots down for USC, a couple more to go. The Trojans have to love the two commits they've already won in Edoga and Hemsley. It appears they're in prime position for at least two more solid contributors. The only question is whether they'll be guards or tackles.
The USC running back train was de-railed a bit this offseason when sophomore tailback Ty Isaac announced he will be transferring out of the program.
The Trojans didn't take a running back in the class of 2014, since they had two five-star freshmen in Isaac and Justin Davis.
Now, with Isaac's departure, the position is in complete focus for USC and they'll need to land a top player in order to fill a gap that could broaden if Buck Allen and Tre Madden depart for the NFL after this season... leaving only Justin Davis to carry the load.
The Trojans have seven offers out to tailbacks, most recently to Cedar Hills (Tex.) back Aca'cedric Ware. Ware is now up to 13 offers in the Scout database.
A top target remains 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.
The Bottom Line: Lovette is certainly a 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 told Scout USC receivers coach Tee Martin and recruiting coordinator Peter Sirmon stopped by his high school during the evaluation period. He says it's USC, UCLA, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Georgia, Auburn and Arizona State who are recruiting him the hardest.
Kirk, 5-foot-11 197-pounds, has yet to narrow his list of offers, but says he will whittle a list of nearly 40 down to ten during the summer. 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, and was recently bumped from the No. 9 to No. 8 rated receiver in the 2015 class.
In March, St. Brown said he had a top five - the Trojans were in it. However, since then St. Brown has continued to collect offers and says his top five remains no more. It's still safe to expect USC to make his cut when decides to narrow it again. St. Brown told Scout he likes that USC was one of his first 'big' offers and that receivers coach Tee Martin was there early and hasn't let up.
The curious case of Cordell Broadus continues. The Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman receiver hardly spoke about USC a couple months ago, we heard at Scout that the Trojans weren't really in pursuit of the big four-star recruit.
Now, Broadus tells Scout that he his hearing most from USC, UCLA, and Notre Dame. This is an interesting recruitment and it will most likely be a tough one to figure out until Broadus makes a verbal commitment.
Pleasanton (Calif) Foothill's Isaiah Langley was once listed in this section of the reset... but since the end of April, we've switched him to defense. Langley is now the No. 10 rated cornerback in the country - so look for him in the defensive recruiting reset...
Pasadena (Calif.) Muir four-star Desean Holmes also remains in the mix for the Trojans. Scout believes Holmes is heavily leaning toward USC, though he says he has no favorites.
How about an out of state prospect? Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln receiver John Burt is a Scout four-star and No. 139 in the Scout 300. He'll be making trips and taking visits this summer. It's always interesting to keep an eye on what's happening down in the Sunshine State, seeing as every year there seems to be a direct flight to USC...
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.
USC is closing in on Moraga (Calif.) Campolindo's Tyler Petite. The three-star recruit told Scout it's down to Duke and the Trojans. He'll camp with USC in June and says he wants to make decision shortly after.
Don't be surprised if Petite becomes a summer commit to USC.
Buffalo (NY) Canisius tight end Tyrone Wheatley Jr. took a visit out West to check out the Trojans this spring 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 Bottom Line: Think about penciling in Tyler Petite. A decision after camping this summer at USC? C'mon, Duke will most likely be long out of his mind.