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Friday, May 3, 2013
WeAreSC recruiting mailbag: DBs needed

By Blair Angulo

WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every week. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it via Twitter @WeAreSCstaff or @bangulo.

Rob DiGiacomo (@Its_RobD): What’s the recruiting plan for defensive backs? Su’a Cravens and Leon McQuay are promising, however the past four seasons the secondary (has been) a big weakness.

WeAreSC: Cornerback is arguably the top priority in this recruiting cycle. Five-star prospect Adoree’ Jackson is the No. 1 target, and fellow in-state recruits Michiah Quick and Adarius Pickett hold USC offers as well. More figure to follow, with Jonathan Lockett and Naijiel Hale being prime candidates to land a coveted offer at the Rising Stars Camp in June.

After signing only Chris Hawkins in the 2013 class following Jalen Ramsey’s final-day flip to Florida State, the Trojans might have to use three spots on cornerbacks in this cycle. Cravens and McQuay are slotted at safety for now, but that could change. So adding another safety wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

@SaharaClinic (via Twitter): UCLA’s D-line and O-line look better. Kind of scary what Jim Mora is putting together over there! We need more O-line help!

WeAreSC: You share that sentiment with a lot of fans. The Trojans have commitments from two offensive linemen so far in guard Toa Lobendahn and tackle Jordan Poland – both of whom intend to enroll early. Theoretically, that would leave two more available spots after ESPN 150 tackle Casey Tucker decommitted last week. USC, though, is in good shape with Damien Mama, the massive high school teammate of 2013 signee Nico Falah. Plus, there are a multitude of out-of-state options.

I think success in offensive line recruiting will depend on how the Trojans do this season, particularly how the unit performs under new position coach Mike Summers.

@the_fourth_son (via Twitter): Can you hold tryouts for cornerback? Winner(s) get a scholarship.

WeAreSC: If it were only that easy… USC’s miss on Ramsey and inability to flip Washington signee Jermaine Kelly in the final hours were catastrophic, in a way. It got worse when Nickell Robey declared early for the NFL draft.

Dan Howard: Too early to take a commitment from Michael Wyche?

WeAreSC: I don’t think it was too early, especially given the need for bodies on the defensive line in 2014. Kenny Bigelow was the only DL signee last year, so the Trojans will need to stock up at the position in this cycle. Wyche, according to East Los Angeles College coach Steve Majarro, will enroll in time for spring ball and should not need much seasoning.

Sure, there are many other linemen still available, but assistant coaches Ed Orgeron and Tee Martin must have liked what they saw.