Tuesday, February 12, 2013
How USC can use 20 scholarships in 2014
By Blair Angulo
USC will have an extra five scholarships to use on the next recruiting class after signing only 12 on Feb. 6. Here’s a look at how the Trojans could spend their 20 scholarships in 2014.
Quarterback: 1 USC got its top target this year in pocket passer Max Browne of Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline, and already has a pledge from class of 2015 signal-caller David Sills of Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy.
Receiver: 3 Robert Woods declared early for the NFL Draft and Biletnikoff Award winner Marqise Lee could do the same after the 2013 season, making this cycle a crucial one for the corps moving forward.
Offensive linemen: 4 The Trojans got a head start on their offensive line recruiting, picking up commitments from Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton), Toa Lobendahn (La Habra, Calif./La Habra) and Jordan Poland (La Jolla, Calif./Country Day). Adding another wouldn’t hurt.
Linebacker: 2 Dion Bailey, Lamar Dawson and Hayes Pullard will all be juniors for the 2013 season, so if one or more turn pro, this position will be a high priority for new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast.
Cornerback: 3 USC needed at least two cornerbacks in the 2013 class but signed only Chris Hawkins of Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) following Jalen Ramsey’s flip to Florida State on the final day. The position is wide open and in need of depth.