USC Trojans: Richard Yeargin III

Five-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) became the highest-profile recruit to attend a USC practice this summer when he made it to campus for an unofficial visit over the weekend.

The nation’s No. 6-rated prospect might not know where he’s headed yet, but he’s figured out where he’d fit if he were to sign with the Trojans.

Things were much quieter for USC recruiting this July than they were in the same month last year, when the Trojans landed verbal commitments from eight highly touted prospects to bring their total to a whopping 18 before the start of the high school season. USC ended up signing only six defensive players in the last recruiting cycle, but the Trojans appear to be in better shape this time around. Here’s a breakdown of where the Trojans stand in their defensive recruiting heading into August:

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Targets: Malik Dorton (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), Connor Humphreys (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic), Qualen Cunningham (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton), Jaylen Johnson (Corona, Calif./Centennial), Dewayne Hendrix (O’Fallon, Ill./O’Fallon Township), Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge), Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), Dante Sawyer (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett)

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Summer recruit wrap: USC 

July, 23, 2013
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USC has seven verbal commitments in its 2014 class as the recruiting cycle rolls into August. Here are 10 things we’ve learned from the camps and events on the summer recruiting circuit:

Serious competition for five-star prospect

USC might have been the early favorite to land five-star athlete Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), given the pipeline it has established with his high school, but that’s no longer the case as several national programs are vying for his signature. The dynamic playmaker recently took an unofficial visit to Tennessee and is set to check out a few other schools in the Midwest when he takes a trip to his native Illinois later this summer. He is also intrigued by Florida and LSU, and UCLA presents a local challenge for the Trojans as well. Jackson wants to play some receiver in college, similarly to how De’Anthony Thomas has been used at Oregon, so look for that to become a major factor moving forward.

Trojans still need a 2014 quarterback


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Video: WeAreSC at The Opening, Part 2

July, 2, 2013
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Between now and Wednesday, WeAreSC will be live in Beaverton, Ore., catching up with some of the nation's top football players at The Opening. There are plenty of USC targets on hand, and on Monday, Blair Angulo caught up with one of them, while also breaking down the performances of the Trojans' defensive targets.

ESPN 300 CB Adarius Pickett (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) talks about the schools he'd like to visit Video, as well as the determining factors that will go into his decision.

When it comes to defensive recruits that USC would like to add Video to its 2014 class, players such as Adoree' Jackson, Quincy Wilson, D.J. Calhoun, Clifton Garrett and Richard Yeargin III all had impressive showings. But don't forget about CB Iman Marshall, one of only four 2015 recruits at The Opening.

USC on minds of many at Opening 

July, 1, 2013
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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Even with dynamic two-way athletes Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central) and John “JuJu” Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) lining up with the offense Monday in the first day of The Opening, the defensive backs were a standout group as it relates to USC recruiting.

Roommates Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) and Adarius Pickett (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito), as well as 2015 defensive back Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly), four-star cornerback Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) and four-star safety Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South) all turned in good showings during one-on-one drills. Brown, the nation’s No. 5-rated cornerback and No. 3-rated prospect in the state of Texas, also reached the SPARQ championship finals after posting some impressive numbers in preliminary testing, including a pair of 4.35 times in the 40-yard dash.

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Blair Angulo/ESPNNo. 5 cornerback Tony Brown is still very interested in USC.
“On a daily basis, I try to contact coaches that recruit me,” said Brown, a world-class sprinter ranked No. 27 in the ESPN 300. “I try to contact every coach. I’m still open. My month of June was all track and field, so I haven’t had time to chill and go through everything. Whenever I get the chance, I’ll definitely start narrowing everything down.”

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USC targets check in at The Opening 

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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Some of the nation’s top prospects trickled into town Sunday for this week’s The Opening event at Nike Headquarters. Here are some notes regarding USC prospects.


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Rising Stars Camp recap 

June, 27, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- Three-star offensive tackle Jordan Austin (Claremont, Calif./Claremont) became the sixth member of USC’s 2014 recruiting class by verbally committing to the Trojans late Wednesday night, but that wasn’t the only headline the annual Rising Stars Camp produced.

The coaching staff extended seven confirmed scholarship offers during the two-day event and might add to the class soon enough, as ESPN 300 outside linebacker D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) and four-star athlete Jaleel Wadood (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) are set to announce their decisions next week at The Opening in Oregon.

Outside linebacker Jaylen Johnson (Corona, Calif./Centennial) was one of the prospects the Trojans offered on Wednesday afternoon.

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2014 defense recruiting breakdown 

June, 13, 2013
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The 2014 recruiting cycle is more than four months old, which means USC’s board is taking shape as the summer approaches. With up to 20 available scholarships, the Trojans will look to add to the six defensive prospects they signed in the previous cycle. Here’s a look at where USC stands in its defensive recruiting:

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