If you're into star counting, USC has commitments from one five-star performer (tight end Xavier Grimble from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas}, six with four stars, three with three stars and one with two stars (6-8, 365-pound offensive tackle Dakota Smith from Westchester). Smith is a project, but when you're that big and possess athletic ability, you're worth a close look.
When you go down Scout.com's West Coast 150 list, you also find several other future college stars who are giving USC a strong look. Here's where we believe the Trojans stand with other leading lights in the West:
No. 1 prospect, defensive end Ronald Powell from Rancho Verde High in Moreno Valley -- very good chance.
No. 2, wide receiver Robert Woods from Serra in Gardena, great chance.
No. 4, defensive tackle George Uko from Chino Don Lugo, great chance.
No. 7, Kenny Stills, wide receiver from La Costa Canyon in Encinitas, good chance.
No. 8, running back Anthony Barr from Loyola in Los Angeles, maybe.
No. 9, running back Malcolm Jones from Okas Cbristian in Westlake Village, no chance.
No. 12, safety Sean Parker from Narbonne in Harbor City, great chance.
No. 17, safety Dietrich Riley from St. Francis in La Canada, great chance.
So, how are the remainder of Pac-10 teams faring in the early going? Well, across town, the Bruins have the staggers, at least momentarily. Rick Neuheisel has commitments from seven players, only one of whom has a four-star rating, defensive back Tony Jefferson from Chula Vista Eastlake. All the other UCLA commitments have three stars. Only four Bruin commitments are listed in Scout.com's Western 150. Jefferson is No. 20 in the West, and the others are Nos. 52, 77 and 122.
Washington, now headed by former USC assistant Steve Sarkisian, has 11 commitments among the Western 150, Stanford has seven, California six, Arizona State five, Oregon and Washington State four each, and Arizona one.
The Trojans are also in great shape with many of the elite 2011 prospects like DE Jalen Grimble from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, DT Antwaun Woods from Woodland Hills Taft, DE Greg Townsend Jr. from Beverly Hills, WR George Farmer from Serra High in Gardena and LB Anthony Wallace from Skyline in Dallas....just to name a few.
We'll update the Pac-10 "standings" as the recruiting season moves into high gear.
USC Hall of Fame columnist Loel Schrader contributed to this article.