An early look at the 2014 class

Westlake Village, Calif., quarterback Brandon Dawkins is one of the top targets on the Trojans' wish list in the 2014 class. Tim Haddock For ESPNLA.com

USC sealed its current recruiting class before the calendar turned to August, gathering 18 verbal commitments and finishing with an exciting flurry in July. Barring any additional movement, the attention turns to next year’s group.

Here’s a look at how the Trojans could spend their 15 scholarships in 2014.

Quarterback: 1

USC got its top target this year in pocket passer Max Browne of Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline, and already have a pledge from class of 2015 signal-caller David Sills of Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy.

Players to watch: Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), Keller Chryst (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto), Brandon Dawkins (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian), Hunter Boyett (Miami, Fla./Westminster Christian School)

Running back: 2

With “power backs” Ty Isaac and Justin Davis in the current class, look for the Trojans to pursue speed in next year’s group.

Players to watch: Nathan Starks (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman), Damon Riggins (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian), Kurt Scoby (Santa Fe Springs, Calif./St. Paul)

Receiver: 2

Star Robert Woods could leave for the NFL after the 2012 season, as could Marqise Lee the year after that, making this group a crucial one.

Players to watch: Adly Enoicy (Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic), Jeffery Farrar (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany), Jordan Lasley (Gardena, Calif./Serra)

Tight end: 1

It appears to be an Alabama-USC battle for perhaps the top prospect in the state next year.

Players to watch: Tyler Luatua (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada)

Offensive linemen: 3

The Trojans got a head start on their offensive line recruiting, picking up three commitments from rising juniors.

Verbal commits: Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton), Toa Lobendahn (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood), Jordan Poland (La Jolla, Calif./Country Day)

Players to watch: Orlando Brown Jr. (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge), Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), Viane Talamaivo (Corona, Calif./Centennial)

Defensive linemen: 1

With five defensive line recruits in the current class, spearheaded by second-ranked defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow of Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy, the Trojans figure to exert their focus elsewhere.

Players to watch: Malik McDowell (Detroit, Mich./Loyola)

Linebacker: 2

Dion Bailey, Lamar Dawson and Hayes Pullard will all be juniors for the 2013 season. If one or more are expected to turn pro, this position will be a high priority.

Players to watch: Hoza Scott (La Porte, Texas/La Porte), Tre Williams (Mobile, Ala./Saint Paul’s Episcopal School), Vincent Jackson (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit), Kevin Crosby (Bamberg, S.C./Bamberg Ehrhardt), Dwight Williams (Gardena, Calif./Serra)

Cornerback: 2

Tony Brown of Beaumont (Texas) Ozen already holds a USC offer and will likely be ranked highly in his position group next year.

Players to watch: Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), Malik Cyphers (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian), Jonathan Lockett (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei)

Safety: 2

There’s not much depth here, even with the additions of top-ranked safety Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) and Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) in the current class.

Players to watch: Todd Kelly Jr. (Knoxville, Tenn./Webb School of Knoxville), Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia)