Closing in on Signing Day

With two days to go until Signing Day the Trojans must now sit and wait as the NCAA mandated quiet period begins and there can be no more sales pitches to recruits.

The USC staff hustled to the end while making sure all of the current commits for the class were solid while also trying to land a couple more blue-chip prospects to serve as the icing on top of this wonderful cake.  At this point the Trojan class is being proclaimed by multiple recruiting services as the top class in the country and it's the kind of class that we haven't seen in these parts for 25 years.  Of course, the bumper crops of recruits in those days often competed for and won national titles and there's certainly no denying this group has the talent to help Pete Carroll and the Trojans to achieve those kinds of goals.  It's difficult to pick one area of this class that stands out because many positions were filled with talented playmakers so let's take a look at how the remaining targets would add to the bounty.  

 

The wide receiver spot was not a major position of need in terms of quantity but it was important for us to get at least one quality player who could step in next year and contribute as part of the rotation.  Once Steve Smith made his verbal public that need was met and now we can sit back and wait for decisions from two players widely considered among the top 10 receivers in the country.

 

By any standard the defensive line class is already impressive and it can only get better if either Ryan Watson or Carnell Stewart commit to the Trojans.  The chances would certainly look better for Watson at this point and he would be a welcome addition to the tackle spot.

 

The depth at linebacker will be improved this year with the verbals from Drean Rucker, Thomas Williams and possibly Salo Faraimo while we will also see the benefit of two players who sat out last year as transfers in Frostee Rucker and Lofa Tatupu.  If you have the chance to add a player like Lamarr Woodley to that mix you have to take that shot and we are right in it to the end. 

 

The good news for Trojan fans is the fact that, no matter what happens with any of the players listed above, this current group of signees has already established itself as one of the elite classes in the nation.  The unfortunate news at this point is that we may need to wait until Wednesday to find out if any more will joining the fun. 


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