During the past few recruiting cycles, USC has sent out scholarship offers by the dozens during the stretch of mid-April to May. However, unlike previous years, USC is coming off of a Rose Bowl win and a significant amount of recruiting momentum.
That momentum is reflected in the scholarship offers USC hasn’t made. The linebacker position, which is extremely deep in Southern California this cycle, remains static locally and nationally. Both Temecula (Calif.) four-star linebacker Jack Lamb and Portland (Ore.) four-star linebacker
Camping to commit
The wide receiver position mirrors that of the linebacker position from the standpoint of talent. The class is notably deep, with USC handing out scholarship offers to more than a dozen wide receivers before last February.
For much of the spring, the pursuit of new wide receiver targets slowed. However, it has not come to the standstill that linebacker recruiting has. The Trojans did offer a scholarship to Schertz (Texas) four-star wide out Tommy Bush this month. A notable scholarship offer to a 6-foot-5, 190-pound receiver outside of state lines.
The scholarship offer is notable because if USC was satisfied with the current 18 uncommitted options at receiver, Bush probably doesn’t become target No. 19. The Trojans also offered Stockbridge (Ga.) four-star athlete Marquez Ezzard, who at 6-foot-2, 215-pounds, has the size and playmaking ability in the open field few of his peers share.
USC will take two-to-three wide outs in the 2018 class, and
Of course, from a rankings standpoint, there is no bigger fish than Santa Ana (Calif) Mater Dei five-star wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. Rated the nation’s No. 1 receiver prospect by Scout, St. Brown has clearly become more of a priority for USC in recent months. With that, St. Brown has taken notice and it is projected that USC sits among his top two or three options at present date.
USC welcomed the commitment of Cerritos (Calif.) Junior College defensive tackle Dillon Faamatau late last month. Faamatau is a bounce back from Arizona State, where he played both offensive guard and defensive tackle. Faamatau was pursued by USC out of Norwalk High School in
Faamatau joins Concord (Calif.) four-star defensive tackle Tuli Letuligaseona as commits for USC along the defensive front. Faamatau will sign in December for USC with two years of eligibility left if does not transfer this summer.
USC has been very aggressive in recruiting linemen under Clay Helton, but with two defensive tackles committed and four suiting up from the 2017 class, the Trojans are basically recruiting with found money moving forward in this class.
The offensive line was the one position USC was expected to possibly shell more scholarship offer out at this month. So far, USC has not offered one offensive lineman in the past 30 days. The Trojans are in good shape with Temecula (Calif.) four-star center Justin
USC is in need of interior offensive linemen, and while Sewell is ranked as an offensive tackle, he projects more as an offensive guard. Still, the expectation is that USC will want to sign at least one offensive tackle in 2018.
Washington (D.C.) three-star running back
Running back is the position where USC has made the most recruiting moves this spring. With new running backs coach Deland McCullough firmly established with 15 practices of spring football under his belt, the Trojans are hitting the road looking for a tailback.
That road appears to be headed out of California. While USC offered a scholarship to San Jose (Calif.) four-star running back Maurice Washington las January, USC has continued to pursue more targets outside the state over the past month.
The Trojans latest scholarship offers went to Indianapolis (Ind.) four-star Notre Dame commit
A hard break up
The USC Target Lists now list cornerback and safeties separately. Cornerbacks are now listed as being zone or man-to-man proficient prospects. The cornerback board remains loaded with options. At present date, 14 uncommitted players hold scholarship offers from USC.
In contrast, USC has only offered seven safeties scholarship this recruiting cycle. Again, this represents the confidence level USC has with its current roster and
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly four-star safety
At cornerback, the push for tall, lanky defensive backs continues. USC offered a scholarship to Plantation (Fla.) four-star cornerback Tyson Campbell at 6-foot-3, 180,-pounds and Noah Boykin at 6-foot-2, 170-pounds. Both prospects are considered to be more comfortable using their length to patrol zone coverage than being put on an island in man-to-man.