NCF On The Trail: Don Hill

A recent string of commitments heading into the dead period has left USC with only five remaining slots in its 2014 recruiting class. The Trojans have 19 total spots to use, as long as four of them are mid-year enrollees.

Here's a position-by-position look at how USC could allocate those empty spots, with a projection of how many players at each position the Trojans will try to sign:

Offensive line: 6

The Trojans hold five commitments on the offensive line, two of those from mid-year enrollees who already have signed financial aid agreements. They might not be done, though, as a big fish is still out there and possibly leaning toward signing with his childhood favorite. If the coaching staff decides a scholarship would be more important at another position, the Trojans might have to part ways with a prospect from this bunch.

Monday might be the start of a recruiting dead period, but the USC Trojans have shown plenty of life on the recruiting trail of late. Head coach Steve Sarkisian has reeled in three commitments and this past weekend provided more recruiting news surrounding the Trojans.

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Weekend recruiting wrap: Pac-12 

December, 16, 2013
Pac-12 recruiting hit warp speed this past week, as recruits and coaches alike took advantage of the final week of in-home visits and final weekend of official visits before the winter dead period begins on Monday and the junior college mid-year signing day hits on Wednesday. Just about every conference program hosted official visitors this past weekend, and more than a few earned significant commitments.

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Consider USC’s first on-campus recruiting weekend since the arrival of new head coach Steve Sarkisian a success.

Heading into the weekend, a major priority for Sarkisian and his staff was to secure a fourth mid-year enrollee in the current class. The Trojans checked that off their to-do list Sunday when four-star defensive end Don Hill (Boise, Ida./Timberline) committed and signed a financial aid agreement. Early enrollees Toa Lobendahn (La Habra, Calif./La Habra) and Jordan Austin (Claremont, Calif./Claremont) also signed their paperwork Saturday during their official visits, and Chris Brown (Los Angeles/Loyola) gave indications that he will soon join the class too.

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Huskies nab DE Don Hill

May, 3, 2013
Defensive end Don Hill (Boise, Idaho/Timberline) committed Friday to sign with Washington, according to the Idaho Statesman.

"I felt really comfortable with the program as a whole, with the coaches, the school, the football team and what they had to offer me with the education and the football side of it," he said.

Hill, 6-foot-4, 235-pounds, turned down scholarship offers from Boise State, Utah, Washington State and Wyoming. Stanford showed interest.

Last season, he registered 70 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 7 sacks.

Hill is commitment No. 3 for the Huskies.