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Friday, May 2, 2014
WeAreSC roundtable: Spring recruiting look

By WeAreSC staff

Name three recruits that you would put at the top of the USC priority list.

Garry Paskwietz

Iman Marshall
Iman "Biggie" Marshall's nickname is indicative of his importance on USC's recruiting board.
1. Iman Marshall: As big as it gets with the nickname to prove it.

2. Rasheem Green: The big man from Gardena (Calif.) Serra could be a key piece to an interior D-line trio with Jacob Daniel and Kahlil McKenzie.

3. Keisean Lucier-South: Long and lean with the ability to apply pressure off the edge.

Johnny Curren

1. Green. At 6-foot-5 and 289 pounds, Green has a rare combination of size, strength and raw talent that you don’t typically see outside of SEC territory.

2. Marshall. A household name locally whose signature would mean almost as much to the Trojans in symbolic terms as for what he figures to bring to the table on the field.

3. Christian Kirk. A true big-play threat who has the ability to make something special happen every time he touches the ball, he could add a unique dimension to the Trojans’ offense.

Greg Katz

1. Green: Having watched him in person and listened to those that see him on a daily basis, this California kid is a must for the Trojans and a defensive lineman built like Green doesn’t come along very often.

2. Cameron Smith: This is a mature, physical specimen that would have been a crown jewel during the Pete Carroll era. An inside linebacker sets the tone, and this kid is a tone-setter.

3. Marshall: Anybody nicknamed “Biggie” will be a big-time prospect, and this young man fits the profile. When you start talking about standout corners from Long Beach Poly, well, you get the idea.

Blair Angulo

1. Green: New defensive line coach Chris Wilson would like nothing more than to build his first class around the top-rated recruit in California.

2. Marshall: The battle for "Biggie" began early and figures to go on until national signing day; landing the top prospect at Long Beach Poly for a second straight year would be a tremendous coup for the Trojans.

3. Osa Masina: There might not be a better fit than Masina for USC's hybrid linebacker spot. Beating other top-flight contenders for his signature would be an added bonus.

Give one offer you would make to a player who does not currently have one.

GP: Ben Humphreys. It looks like this choice was a popular one, and for good reason. Humphreys is a tough and versatile athlete -- you simply can’t have too many of those in your program.

JC: Humphreys. The Trojans made a mistake by not offering another Mater Dei standout, Thomas Duarte, until it was too late two years ago -- hopefully history doesn’t repeat itself this time around.

GK: Noah Jefferson. It all depends on who commits and who doesn’t, but this is a D-lineman that fits the bill in term of size (6-5, 275). Again, defensive linemen are not always in great abundance in the West, so this kid might get an offer down the road. And it doesn’t hurt that the Trojans top his list.

BA: Humphreys. The versatile athlete might rank fifth among Orange County recruits behind Keisean Lucier-South, Equanimeous St. Brown, Travis Waller and teammate Kyle Penniston, but no one produces quite like him.

Name one under-the-radar recruit who is not getting the attention he deserves.

GP: Roy Hemsley. I realize Hemsley already has an SC offer so he’s not under-the-radar as far as the Trojans coaches are concerned, but his No. 44 ranking at offensive tackle by ESPN shows that not everybody thinks he is on an elite level just yet.

JC: Jefferson. Possessing 6-5, 271-pound size, strong bloodlines and enough athletic ability that he lines up as a tight end on the 7-on-7 circuit, Jefferson appears to have it all. Still, he currently holds just one offer -- from San Diego State. Expect that number to grow in the near future.

GK: Not trying to dodge the question, but very few prospects have slipped through the cracks in Steve Sarkisian staff’s relentless drive to identify and offer the best. With a huge amount of offers already distributed locally and nationally, by spring’s end it will be hard to find a stone not yet uncovered.

BA: Austin Aaron: The California wide receiver commit shined at the Elite 11 Regional in Santa Monica earlier this year and could prove to be a big receiver in the conference.