Thursday, February 6, 2014
Fifteen for '15: Look ahead at USC
By Blair Angulo
For the first time in what might seem like an eternity to USC fans, the Trojans will be able to sign a full, 25-member recruiting class next February as the scholarship limitations come to a close. That means more possibilities and, perhaps, less of a numbers crunch in the weeks leading up to next year’s national signing day.
With that in mind, here’s a list of 15 uncommitted recruits the Trojans could have near the top of their board to highlight the 2015 group:
Defensive back Iman Marshall is high on USC's 2015 wish list at a position the Trojans need.
DB Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly): The shutdown corner they call “Biggie” would be a great get for the Trojans, if only because he plays a position of major need. USC managed to land Poly teammate John “Juju” Smith in the 2014 class and would like nothing more than to re-establish a pipeline at the Southern California powerhouse.
DB Marvell Tell (Encino, Calif./Crespi): One of the top overall players in the area, Tell visited USC's campus for Elite Junior Day alongside passing league teammate Marshall and others. USC hopes to have Marshall and Tell in the same secondary two seasons from now.
LB Cameron Smith (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay): The physical linebacker was on campus for Elite Junior Day last week, picked up an offer from coach Steve Sarkisian and named USC his leader. Smith said he intends to make a decision before the start of his senior season, and the Trojans appear to be in the driver’s seat.
DB Dechaun Holiday (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills): Holiday could make an early decision and, if he did, the Trojans might be considered the favorites. He was a visitor during Elite Junior Day and picked up a USC offer, which he admitted was one he had been waiting for. Holiday is expected to line up alongside Marshall and Tell on the passing league circuit this summer.
WR Christian Kirk (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro): Perhaps the most explosive receiver on the West Coast in 2015, Kirk was one of five underclassmen to compete at The Opening last summer along with Marshall. Kirk has set up an unofficial visit to USC for Feb. 15.
WR Cordell Broadus (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman): The son of world-famous rapper Snoop Dogg has made a name for himself on the gridiron with his ability. Though he transferred out of the area, Broadus has ties to many of the top recruits in Los Angeles and has talked about taking USC back to its glory days.
DL Keisean Lucier-South (Orange, Calif./Lutheran): A relentless pass rusher with great projection, Lucier-South warranted an offer from former USC coach Ed Orgeron before the start of his junior season.
DL Jacob Daniel (Fresno, Calif./Clovis North): The former Washington commit picked up a scholarship offer from Sarkisian at Elite Junior Day. Having grown up in nearby Carson before moving to the Central Valley, Daniel said the offer was a dream come true.
DL Rasheem Green (Gardena, Calif./Serra): A lot of Serra’s success last season could be attributed to the 6-foot-5, 270-pound tackle. Green shined despite the presence of Jackson, Tucker, Houston and UCLA signee Dwight Williams on the same defense.
DL Kahlil McKenzie (Concord, Calif./De La Salle): Another recruit who bagged a USC scholarship offer at Elite Junior Day, McKenzie has seen his stock soar following an impressive junior season. He said the Trojans are definitely among his leaders heading into the spring.
LB Justin Hilliard (Cincinnati /Saint Xavier): The 6-2, 230-pound prospect recently picked up a scholarship offer from USC and drew a visit from assistant coach Peter Sirmon, who figures to have a lot of fun putting together his first linebacker class in Los Angeles.
ATH Stanley Norman (Gardena, Calif./Serra): College coaches will be hard-pressed to find a fiercer competitor than Norman, whose on-field exploits earned him the nickname “Scrappy” from none other than Snoop Dogg. Norman was another Elite Junior Day visitor and shares a close bond with Marshall, Broadus and others.
OL Zach Robertson (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco): USC has signed the top lineman out of St. John Bosco in consecutive years -- Nico Falah in 2013 and Damien Mama in 2014. Robertson, who already holds an offer from the Trojans, is considered the anchor of next year’s line.
OL Roy Hemsley (Los Angeles/Windward School): Hemsley might not have the notoriety of others since he attends a small private school, but he impressed the USC coaches enough physically at Elite Junior Day to earn a scholarship offer.