Getting a line on the Trojans defense 

January, 9, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- After watching both Florida State and Auburn slug it out in a BCS classic final, USC Trojans fans are reminded that if they’re going to once again challenge for a national title, much less a Pac-12 South Division crown, it will probably come down to having a dominating defensive line.

Historically speaking, the Trojans have generally recruited most of their defensive linemen from California, but that doesn’t mean they’re averse to making a recruiting push outside of their state -- even if it means long recruiting ventures and time investment into the Midwest and East Coast.

For longtime Trojans fans who have followed the celebrated, modern day history of USC football, it’s not hard to recall familiar out-of-state defensive linemen as All-Americans John Grant (Idaho) and Gary Jeter (Ohio) and past all-conference performers like Richard Dimler (New Jersey), Art Riley (Illinois), Walter Underwood (Georgia), and Tony Colorito (New York).