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Thursday, May 1, 2014
Recruiting: USC in-state target tracker

By Blair Angulo

Considering how deep the Class of 2015 is on the West Coast, much of USC’s success on the recruiting trail this cycle could hinge on how head coach Steve Sarkisian fares in California.

With that in mind, here’s a glance at 10 of the Trojans’ top in-state recruiting targets:

DT Rasheem Green
6-foot-5, 289 pounds
Position rank: No. 4
ESPN 300 rank: No. 17
The latest: Green made unofficial visits to Stanford and Oregon recently and raved about those trips. He missed the USC spring game because of a track and field meet, but drew a visit from assistant coach Tee Martin earlier this week at talent-rich Gardena (Calif.) Serra.

Keisean Lucier-South
USC is making defensive end Keisean Lucier-South a high priority in recruiting.
DE Keisean Lucier-South
6-5, 218
Position rank: No. 6
ESPN 300 rank: No. 18
The latest: Lucier-South received a personalized tour of the USC campus the day before the spring game and spoke highly of the coaching staff after sitting down with the group for the first time. The elite pass-rusher said the staff assured him he is a top priority for the Trojans, regardless of position. USC dropped by Orange (Calif.) Lutheran earlier this week to check on him.

CB Iman Marshall
6-1, 195
Position rank: No. 3
ESPN 300 rank: No. 20
The latest: Oklahoma is one of the latest offers for Marshall as the Sooners once again look to raid the Golden State for prospects. “Biggie” attended both the USC and UCLA spring games, and his recruitment is shaping up to be quite the local battle.

WR Equanimeous St. Brown
6-5, 205
Position rank: No. 8
ESPN 300 rank: No. 52
The latest: St. Brown picked up an offer from UCLA recently and now has both local options on the table. The four-star receiver from Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, though, has slowed down the process and intends to check out some Midwest schools this summer.

ILB John Houston Jr.
6-3, 215
Position rank: No. 3
ESPN 300 rank: No. 88
The latest: Like teammate Green, the rangy and athletic Houston missed the USC spring game because of track and field obligations. He wore a Trojans arm sleeve at a recent 7-on-7 passing league tournament, another indication that USC could be considered his leader early in the process.

FS Marvell Tell
6-2, 185
Position rank: No. 5
ESPN 300 rank: No. 97
The latest: Despite making it out to the USC spring game, Tell said UCLA and Washington State are recruiting him the hardest at the moment. Brigham Young, Cal Stanford, UCLA and Vanderbilt all made stops by Encino (Calif.) Crespi the last two weeks to evaluate Tell will look to prove himself again at the Nike Football Training Camp in Oakland.

DT Kahlil McKenzie
6-3, 305
Position rank: No. 13
ESPN 300 rank: No. 112
The latest: Following a lengthy road trip to see various schools, McKenzie last week named a preliminary top five of Arizona, Oklahoma, Tennessee, USC and Wisconsin. He picked up a huge offer from Alabama a couple days later. The Trojans and new defensive line coach Chris Wilson made a big impression at their Elite Junior Day event in February.

CB Stanley Norman
5-11, 165
Position rank: No. 12
ESPN 300 rank: No. 115
The latest: Oklahoma and UCLA could be considered the front-runners for Norman, whose two latest offers arrived from SEC schools Mississippi State and Tennessee. He visited Arizona, Arizona State and Cal last month, and the Trojans figure to continue evaluating where he fits in their plans.

DT Jacob Daniel
6-4, 300
Position rank: No. 14
ESPN 300 rank: No. 117
The latest: Shortly after visiting campus with his mother, Daniel wrote on his Twitter account that he intends to announce a decision within the next month. The Trojans have hosted Daniel a handful of times since national signing day, and it would be a surprise if they didn’t land the powerful lineman.

CB DeChaun Holiday
6-2, 192
Position rank: No. 13
ESPN 300 rank: No. 128
The latest: Holiday was on the USC campus for the spring game and has said he likes the coaching style of assistant Keith Heyward. The Trojans will be in the race for his signature until the end.