Tuesday, October 29, 2013
USC continues to build 2014 class
By Blair Angulo
A recent string of recruiting activity has left USC with eight verbal commitments in the 2014 class and clearer outlook at the areas of need with national signing day just over three months away. The Trojans signed 12 prospects last February and will have an extra four scholarships to use in the current class for a total of 19. Here’s a position-by-position look at how the they could allocate those spots:
Offensive line: 4
A major focus for USC in this class, given the lack of depth and presence of an elite prospect in its own backyard. The Trojans lost a commitment from highly regarded tackle Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton), but solid building blocks remain.
Defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow was the only lineman to sign with USC in the previous cycle after four others decommitted. Juco prospect Michael Wyche (Chesapeake, Va./East Los Angeles College) and ESPN 300 member Tashon Smallwood (Fresno, Calif./Central) have decommitted this year, but position coach Ed Orgeron could still make a splash.
The last-minute switch of standout cornerback Jalen Ramsey from USC to Florida State last year was perhaps the biggest recruiting blow. It appears USC will have to do some picking of its own this time around.
Four-star prospect D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) decommitted earlier this month following a visit to Arizona State and eventually gave the Sun Devils a verbal pledge. The Trojans could go for the under-the-radar types, though assistant coach Mike Ekeler has his sights set on some big names from the Midwest.
With pocket passer Max Browne in tow and 2015 QB David Sills committed, USC would undoubtedly like to bring in a quarterback in 2014. But if that doesn’t happen, there are many options in 2015 as well.