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USC's most wanted

12/7/2011

LOS ANGELES -- With coaches making in-home visits and recruits taking official visits, recruiting has turned up a notch. The USC coaches find themselves in the hunt for some of the top talent in the country to close out their 2012 recruiting class. WeAreSC takes a look at 10 of the top targets still on the board for the Trojans.

DT Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif./Monrovia)
There is no way to overstate how important the addition of McCarthy would be to this recruiting class. There is no experienced depth along the interior of the defensive line, and McCarthy boasts the size and quickness to offer immediate help as a true freshman. Nationally recruited defensive tackles don't pop up all that frequently in Southern California, so keeping McCarthy close to home and away from the Pac-12 teams chasing him -- Oregon, California, Washington and UCLA -- is a must for the Trojans.

OT Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente)
It's tough to imagine the Trojans getting off to a better start along the offensive line in this class, with commitments from Max Tuerk (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita), Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif./Crespi) and Chad Wheeler (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica). It might be tougher for opposing Pac-12 teams to deal with the Trojans adding Murphy to that mix, as he'd give USC quite possibly the top four offensive linemen in the state during a year in which the position was loaded with talent. Grabbing Murphy also would be a benefit to the Trojans because if they don't grab him, he'll wind up at another Pac-12 location, as Stanford, California and Oregon are battling USC for his signature.