USC Football Recruiting: Top Targets for 2013
Even with only 15 scholarships to give out, the Trojans managed to bring in one of the top classes in the nation in 2012, with an average of nearly four stars per recruit.
USC's tradition, academic prestige and winning record are all reasons that USC recruits so well year after year.
With that being said, who has USC set their sights on for 2013?
Max Browne, QB
Easily the top quarterback prospect in the West—if not the country—Browne will probably be a high priority for the Trojans.
While they did not take a quarterback last year, it could give them an edge in landing Browne because he will probably find that favorable.
Browne threw for over 4,000 yards, 45 touchdowns to only seven interceptions and had a completion percentage over 70 last year as a junior. As a sophomore, he threw for more yards and 50 touchdowns.
Therefore, Browne has an impressive offer list that includes Auburn, Alabama, Cal, Clemson and Oklahoma, among many others.
Ty Isaac, RB
A big back from Illinois, Isaac is a very talented back.
He has great vision and cutting ability—two traits that are always important in a good running back.
As a junior, he rushed for an incredible 2,114 yards and 45 touchdowns.
He has a very impressive offer sheet consisting of Arkansas, Auburn, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State, among several others.
Richard Benjamin, WR
Benjamin's speed is unreal.
Capable of running a 4.3-second 40-yard dash, the kid can absolutely fly.
This Florida native will remind Trojan fans of recent signee Nelson Aghlor in their abilities.
Benjamin has offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan State and Notre Dame, among many others.
Ethan Pocic, OT
Standing at 6’6” and 280 lbs., this Illinois native completely dominates anyone he goes up against.
He drives guys into the ground and plays until the whistle which is every coaches dream.
Pocic has drawn offers from Clemson, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Ohio State, among several other top programs.
Kenny Bigelow, DT
Already committed to the Trojans, Bigelow is the real deal and is one of the top overall prospects for next year, according to rivals.
He has the ability to play all over the field but is a superb pass-rusher from the nose tackle position at 6’3” and 280 lbs. He is a hard hitter and makes people remember him.
Joe Mathis, DE
Mathis was briefly committed to Washington, but has since opened things up and has offers flying in.
As a junior, he recorded 80 tackles, 8 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. This 6’4”, 250 lbs. end gets into the backfield very quickly and easily.
He has been offered by Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, UCLA and Washington, among others.
Michael Hutchings, OLB
Hutchings is the best linebacker to come out of California since Vontaze Burfict.
USC lost Burfict to Arizona State, but they will not let that happen again. USC is tentatively Hutchings' choice, and he says that they are saying all the right things to land him.
Hutchings is a heavy hitter that is also excellent at pass coverage.
He has offers from Cal, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon and Tennessee, among several others.
Su'a Cravens, S
Cravens is a talented safety who could also be a five-star linebacker.
He was an All-State talent in California his sophomore year, and attention started coming his way.
He has offers from the likes of Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Stanford, among several others.