Breaking down the Trojans’ new class

January, 21, 2014
Jan 21
The Trojans currently have 15 commitments for 19 spots available in the Class of 2014 and early spring enrollments.

Here is how the spots fill out for the commitments that have been made so far:

QB (1) Jalen Greene
RB (0)
WR (1) Rahshead Johnson
TE (1) Bryce Dixon
OL (4) Viane Talamaivao, Toa Lobendahn, Chris Brown, Jordan Austin
DL (3) Malik Dorton, Don Hill, Claudeson Pelon
LB (2) Olajuwon Tucker, Uchenna Nwosu
DB (3) Jonathan Lockett, Ajene Harris, John Plattenburg

Greene, Lobendahn, Austin and Hill have already enrolled for the spring semester. Pelon is also scheduled to be an early enrollee but has not yet academically qualified to transfer from junior college.

With signing day two weeks away, the picture is getting a little clearer in terms of how Steve Sarkisian and his staff are trying to fill the remaining spots. Multiple players, including offensive line, linebacker, receiver and cornerback prospects, are taking late visits.

Along the offensive line, Damien Mama will take an official visit this weekend but USC's coaches also have a visit set with Bobby Johnson on Jan. 31, just in case an extra spot opens up or if Mama decides to go elsewhere.

At linebacker, Fred Warner is currently a BYU verbal commit but he will also visit this weekend. Drew Lewis -- a onetime pledge to this staff when it was at Washington -- visited last weekend but does not yet hold an SC offer. Jabril Frazier could end up being an option as well.

The wide receiver spot is where things could get real interesting. John Smith had been saying his destination was likely at safety up until this past weekend when he said the USC coaches were now looking at him to play receiver. Adoree' Jackson has also expressed his desire to be at receiver, while Michiah Quick is an option there as well. Those might be the three most dynamic players in the state, and all three are still in play for the Trojans, not to mention Charles Nelson from Florida and Lorenzo Joe from Texas.

Even though there are three corners already committed, it certainly looks as if the coaches are looking to add one more. It’s not an accident that Arrion Springs and Lamont Simmons are both visiting this weekend, as is preferred walk-on candidate Davonte Nunnery, a teammate and friend of Bryce Dixon. Of course, guys like Jackson and Quick could see time at corner eventually, as could someone like Johnson.

One other position to watch could be defensive tackle. Joshua Frazier will visit this weekend. He’s a talented player who the coaches would likely take no matter what but he could also help to fill a critical spot if Pelon does not qualify.



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