Breaking down the Pac-12 South

Arizona State, UCLA are teams in the Pac-12 South to look out for in recruiting

Updated: November 11, 2011, 3:37 PM ET
By Erik McKinney | We Are SC
As the high school season heads toward the playoffs, the recruiting season will pick up as well. This week, WeAreSC takes a look at the Pac-12 landscape and offers a glimpse at each recruiting class, as well as the committed players still being pursued by the Trojans. For the Pac-12 North breakdown, click here.

Pac-12 South
USC Trojans
No. 17 in ESPNU Recruiting Rankings
11 total commitments
Top five commits in the class
• LB Jabari Ruffin (Downey, Calif./Downey) ESPNU Grade -- 82
• OT Max Tuerk (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita) ESPNU Grade -- 81
• OG Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif./Crespi) ESPNU Grade -- 80
• TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) ESPNU Grade -- 80
• LB Scott Starr (Norco, Calif./Norco)  ESPNU Grade -- 79
Looking ahead: The Trojans have several players locked in, as Tuerk, Simmons, Starr and several others appear solid in their commitments. But the USC coaches will need to hold on to some others while attempting to bring in players who will provide both an instant impact and long-team production for a USC team that will start its mandated scholarship restrictions with this class. Not only are there big in-state targets remaining, several out-of-state prospects remain on the wish list, including Nelson Agholor (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep) and Noah Spence (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt).