- Erik McKinney, RecruitingNation
As it stands now, USC has made scholarship offers to just three California juniors, in linebackers Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) and Michael Hutchings (Concord, Calif./De La Salle), as well as safety Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo).
One out-of-state player who got a recent offer as well was safety Priest Willis (Avondale/Marcos De Niza), who picked up a USC offer a few days ago. Still, several top-rated players will be making their way to the USC campus Sunday and while there are no guarantees that any offers will be handed out, here are five players who could be in line for good news from the Trojans sooner rather than later.
QB Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) -- Browne could become the top quarterback in the country in 2013 and the fact that he is taking this long trip for a February unofficial visit speaks volumes about his interest in the Trojans. There are several top quality local quarterbacks this year, but it would not be completely shocking to see the USC coaches look to make a strong statement in the race for Browne by offering in person this weekend.
DT Eddie Vanderdoes IV (Auburn, Calif./Placer) -- Vanderdoes considers himself a defensive end, but at 6-foot-4, 285 pounds, it's easy to envision a slide to defensive tackle in his future. After missing on the top to California tackles last season, the Trojans will be looking to grab arguably the top in-state player at the position this year. Vanderdoes' recruitment has heated up recently and USC would put itself in great position if an offer was extended.
CB Johnny Johnson (Fresno, Calif./Central) -- Fresno offers another supremely talented cornerback in this class on the heels of producing Tee Shepard (Fresno, Calif./Washington Union) in the 2012 class. Johnson has all the physical tools you want in a cornerback, not to mention a very early offer from Stanford. The Trojans would be considered one of the favorites to land Johnson if/when an offer is merited.
RB Justin Davis (Stockton, Calif./Lincoln) -- It might be too early for the Trojans to go on an in-state back, but the past two weeks have seen a slew of offers sent out to running backs around the country, as USC coaches are determined to bring in two tailbacks in this class. Davis is arguably the top back in the state and could be the top California target at the position.
(tie) DE Kylie Fitts (Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley), Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland) -- The Trojans have done well at defensive end over the past two recruiting classes, but as the New York Giants showed this season, you can never go wrong stocking talent at DE to get after the quarterback. Fitts has a college-ready body right now and Mathis is a terrific two-way threat.
As it stands now, USC has made scholarship offers to just three California juniors, in linebackers Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) and Michael Hutchings (Concord, Calif.