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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
2015 ESPN 300 targets: USC

By Blair Angulo

The names of USC targets are scattered throughout the newly released ESPN 300 rankings for the 2015 class, an important year for the Trojans as they rid themselves of the scholarship limitations. Here 10 prospects to keep track of the next two years:

1. CB Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly)
6-foot-1, 195
ESPN 300 rank: 44

Given the need at cornerback, Marshall is as close to a must-get as there can be this early in the process. He’s been a known commodity in Southern California recruiting circles since his freshman year, building a reputation as one of the most physical defensive backs regardless of class. Marshall, nicknamed "Biggie," keeps getting bigger, though, so there is some uncertainty surrounding his future position. Regardless, the Trojans would take his signature in a heartbeat and sort through the questions later.

Iman Marshall
Iman Marshall, nicknamed "Biggie," is a big-time recruit in the Class of 2015.
2. QB-PP Josh Rosen (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco)
6-4, 200
ESPN 300 rank: 18

The No. 1-rated signal-caller has emerged as a potential option for USC following a standout performance at the Rising Stars Camp. Rosen is the headliner in a local group of elite 2015 quarterbacks that also includes La Mirada’s Kevin Dillman, Ventura St. Bonaventure’s Ricky Town and Newhall Hart’s Brady White. Yes, the Trojans have had a verbal commitment from David Sills (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) for more than three years and also signed two of his teammates, Kenny Bigelow and Khaliel Rodgers, in the previous recruiting cycle, but Rosen might warrant taking two at the position.

3. FS Marvell Tell (Encino, Calif./Crespi)
6-1, 175
ESPN 300 rank: 40

Tell might have flown under the radar at Crespi last year while Tyler Foreman (UCLA) and Brandon Arnold (Oregon State) roamed in the same secondary, but his time in the spotlight has arrived. The athletic ball hawk has been a steady performer at passing tournaments this offseason, demonstrating his abilities against very good competition. USC, though in good shape at the safety spot with freshmen Su’a Cravens and Leon McQuay III on the roster for at least the next three years, would undoubtedly like to add Tell.

4. TE-Y Alize Jones (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman)
6-3, 205
ESPN 300 rank: 46

Limitations caused by the NCAA mandated scholarship reductions forced USC to prioritize some positions over others in recent years. Tight end was not an important one in the 2013 cycle and the Trojans haven’t received a commitment in the 2014 class, so the fact that Jones already holds a scholarship offer suggests he’s been identified as a top target. Jones and his pass-catching ability would fit well in USC’s pro-style offense.

5. WR Cordell Broadus (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar)
6-2, 185
ESPN 300 rank: 55

Broadus has done enough on the football field to be recognized as more than just the son of famous rapper Snoop Dogg. The lanky receiver can stretch the field with good linear speed and create mismatches in goal line situations with formidable size on the edge. His father is known as a longtime Trojans fan, which would appear to give USC a slight advantage in this recruitment.

6. OLB John Houston (Gardena, Calif./Serra)
6-3, 210
ESPN 300 rank: 56

The Trojans have been successful in recruiting Gardena Serra in recent years, signing steady contributors Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, as well as promising prospect George Farmer. As part of the notable underclassmen on the local powerhouse’s roster, Houston appears to be next in line. He figures to fill out his frame even more over the next two years, which would only make him a more pivotal prospect for the USC coaching staff.

7. DT Rasheem Green (Gardena, Calif./Serra)
6-3, 256
ESPN 300 rank: 81

Like Houston, Green has caught the eye of college recruiters who have stopped by Gardena Serra to scout Adoree’ Jackson, Dwight Williams, Brandon Burton, Jordan Lasley and a handful of others. Green is an explosive lineman whose versatile skill set would theoretically fit well in USC’s new 5-2 defensive front. The Trojans have established a pipeline of sorts at Serra and figure to keep going back for Green the next two years.

8. WR Kanya Bell (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar)
6-0, 165
ESPN 300 rank: 116

The versatile Bell is an ideal complement to his possession-type teammate, dissecting defenses while Broadus stretches the field on the outside. Bell has been a lifelong USC fan and briefly considered committing to the Trojans, but now intends to assess all of his options before making a decision. Even though he might not be as publicized as Broadus, some local coaches believe Bell might have a higher ceiling.

9. WR Desean Holmes (Mission Hills, Calif./Bishop Alemany)
5-11, 170
ESPN 300 rank: 137

USC freshman Steven Mitchell was the premier receiver in the Los Angeles area last fall, so it was no a coincidence when opponents centered their coverages around him. More often than not, the quick and shifty Holmes made the most of his opportunities. A reunion at USC is possible, as Holmes has indicated he would definitely want to play with Mitchell again and even came close to committing when the Trojans offered.

10. CB Stanley Norman (Culver City, Calif./Culver City)
5-11, 170
ESPN 300 rank: 252

Nicknamed “Scrappy” for his on-field exploits, Norman quickly has established himself as one of the area’s most entertaining, if not vocal, competitors. The athlete intends to play on both sides of the ball at the college level and has stated he will likely sign with the school that offers him the best opportunity to demonstrate his skills at both cornerback and receiver.