The Ten of Troy

The Ten of Troy is intended to uniquely rank 10 of the most talked about uncommitted players on USC's recruiting board. Selections are based on interest, need and buzz. Throughout the recruiting process, prospects create a swirl of attention due to on-field performances, visits or interviews. To set the scene of this evolving recruiting zeitgeist, The Ten of Troy ranks each story line accordingly.

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Name Pos. Stars Ht/Wt Hometown Video
JACK JONES ATH 5-11/165 Long Beach (Calif.) PLAY
Who: Jackie Jones is rated as the nation’s No. 1 athlete, playing wide out, cornerback and safety for Poly. Jones played all three positions at The Opening Finals — the only player to do so. He tested with a 4.59 40-yard dash at the NIKE Football Combine. As a junior, Jones had 64 receptions for 720-yards and five scores. He had 36 tackles and one interception on defense.

Why: USC has built a wall around Long Beach Poly and Jones is one of the few five-star prospects in this class. His ability to play multiple positions makes him valuable as a receiver and cornerback. Jones has been dominant playing the latter this off season, so with no cornerbacks committed to USC in the 2016 class, Trojan fans can’t stop talking about him.
DEVIN ASIASI TE 6-4/270 Concord (Calif.) PLAY
Who: Devin Asiasi is rated the nation’s No. 4 tight end and the No. 67 player nationally. As a tight end he had 16 receptions for 264 yards and two scores in a run-oriented offense at De La Salle as a junior. On defense he had 33 tackles and five sacks with six tackles for losses.

Why: Asiasi would pair nicely with Exton (Pa.) four-star tight end Cary Angeline, who committed to USC in June. The Trojans want to maintain a run-first mentality offensively and that means their tight ends have to run block. Unfortunately, the loss of Marques Tuiasosopo as a tight ends coach to UCLA has partly derailed the Trojans recruitment of Asiasi. He still plans to officially visit USC this weekend, and could fill need positions at tight end or defensive end for the Trojans.
RASHAN GARY DT 6-4/290 Paramus (NJ.) PLAY
Who: Rashan Gary is ranked the No. 1 player in the nation. One of the best defensive linemen at The Opening Finals as a junior, Gary followed up the early hype with 55 tackles (29 tackles for a loss), 13.5 sacks, five batted passes, four forced fumbles and a blocked kick in only nine games as a senior.

Why: After officially visiting USC two weeks ago, Gary's mother called their trip to Los Angeles a "game changer." USC head coach and defensive line coach Kenechi Udzee will be in-home with Gary Wednesday for one final push to land the five-star defensive tackle. As of now, Michigan appears to be the odds on favorite to land his commitment with Clemson or Alabama getting an official visit this weekend.
JONATHAN KONGBO DE 6-5/265 Yuma (Ariz.) PLAY
Who: Jonathan Kongbo is originally from Congo Africa, although moved to British Columbia as a child. Out of high school Kongbo signed with Wyoming where he redshirt and then transferred. Now he is rated the nation's No. 1 junior college prospect out of Arizona Western. He committed to Tennessee in November, but backed off that pledge earlier this month.

Why:Kongbo officially visited USC last weekend and hit it off with Trojans new defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze. He is scheduled to officially visit Florida State this weekend. As of now, it appears every school that has hosted Kingbo officially has a shot at his commitment. Washington was thought to be a front-runner for a while, but no longer seem to be in the picture. That is a plus for USC regardless.
CONNOR MURPHY DE 6-7/250 Phoenix (Ariz.) PLAY
Who: Connor Murphy is the brother of former Stanford and current Washington Redskins outside linebacker Trent Murphy. Bigger than his older brother, Murphy is a defensive end, defensive tackle 'tweener. Suffering from a sports hernia this past season, Murphy only played in seven games.

Why: Murphy officially visited USC two weeks ago. From all reports, he had a very good visit and think highly of Trojans head coach Clay Helton. At this point, it appears his commitment will come down to USC and Michigan. While many feel Michigan is the team to beat, don't count out the Trojans.
MAXS TUPAI DE 6-3/260 Murray (Utah) PLAY
Who: Maxs Tupai is rated the No. 29 defensive end in the nation, No. 241 in the Scout 300. With 14 scholarship offers, Tupai is most focused on USC, Oklahoma, Utah and BYU. Tupai had a dozen tackles for losses and 20 sacks over the past two seasons. He has also rushed for a few hundred yards as a running back for Murray High School.

Why: USC remains one of Tupai’s top options, and after the Trojans’ success in Utah last recruiting cycle, the fan base is eager to maintain a presence in the Beehive State. USC also wants to maintain its strong tradition of Polynesian players, which has been a greater focus for Steve Sarkisian’s coaching staff. Tupai does have to pick it up in the classroom as a senior, which is why his name is never too far from conversation with USC fans.
KYZIR WHITE SS 6-2/205 Lackawanna (Pa.) PLAY
Who: Kyzir White is the younger brother of former West Virginia wide receiver and Chicago Bears first round pick Kevin White. Currently committed to West Virginia, White is rated the nation's No. 27 junior college prospect overall and the No. 1 safety. White will decided among three schools; USC, Penn State and West Virginia.

Why: White officially visited USC two weeks ago, but has gone underground since. Recruited by Keynodo Hudson, this week is the first week new Trojans defensive back coach will have an in-home visit with White. White was scheduled to visit Penn State last week, but did not make that trip due to the region's blizzard. White's entire family made the trip to Los Angeles, so confidence is growing that the Trojans may be the schools to beat for his signature. With USC seemingly out of contention for Elk Grove (Calif.) four-star safety Lamar Jackson, White is a must-have.
LEKI FOTU DL 6-6/280 Herriman (Utah) PLAY
Who: Leki Fotu is a Utah commit, who was offered a scholarship by USC in December. One of the more raw athletes on USC's recruiting board, Fotu may also have the most upside. Capable of playing defensive end or defensive tackle, Fotu is an All-American rugby players as well. Rugby is his first sport. He did not pay football as a junior, moving from Oakland to Utah.

Why: Fotu officially visited USC last week with his mother and uncle. With his ability to play anywhere on the defensive line, his potential has created a tremendous amount of buzz with USC fans. The biggest question may be whether his family believes he has the talent to play at USC. It's clear the Trojans coaching staff thinks he does. Fotu will officially visit Utah this weekend and then make a decision on where he signs.
BOSS TAGALOA DT 6-1/295 Concord (Calif.) PLAY
Who: Boss Tagalao is the nation's No. 12 defensive tackle and the No. 87 prospect overall. Tagaloa is the De La Salle Spartan teammate of Devin Asiasi and the two have expressed interest in playing football together in college. Tagaloa had 48 tackles and 6.5 sacks his senior year.

Why: Tagaloa was offered a scholarship by USC in December after not being recruited by USC when Steve Sarkisian was head coach. Tagalog's lead recruiter, Marques Tuiasosopo is now at UCLA, the school he favored before USC offered him a scholarship. That has put the Trojans behind the eight ball, but USC is still expected to host Tagaloa on an official visit this weekend.
E.J. Price OT 6-6/320 Lawrenceville (Ga.) PLAY
Who: E.J. Price is the nation's No. 8 rated offensive tackle and the No. 99 player overall. Originally from Michigan, Price has bounced around a bit in his young life. He committed to Georgia early in the process and then de-committed from the Bulldogs in June.

Why: Price officially visited USC back in December, but many believe the Trojans remain behind Georgia and Auburn in his recruitment. Still, being one of the nation's top left tackles, USC fans remain captivated about him pulling a signing day shocker down South. Price will meet new USC offensive line coach Neil Callaway this week before he visits Athens and the Bulldogs this weekend. Top Stories