USC Recruiting: Top 5 Out-of-State Targets
However, as is always the case with Lane Kiffin, Ed Orgeron and Monte Kiffin at the helm, out-of-state targets play a key role in the Trojans' final recruiting classes.
Let's take a look at five prospects from outside the Golden State that USC will recruit heavily in 2013.
With Matt Barkley set to graduate after the 2012 season, nabbing a quarterback in the 2013 recruiting class is a priority for USC.
Early in the recruiting process, the Trojans have their eye on Skyline (Sammamish, WA) gunslinger Max Browne.
Rated as the eighth-best player in the nation regardless of position on Rivals.com, Browne is one of the hottest commodities in the 2013 recruiting class.
At 6'5", 202 lbs, the 5-star prospect boasts elite size and a college-ready arm that has recruiters across the country drooling.
Browne is a prototypical pro-style quarterback who looks very comfortable in the pocket on film.
The talented junior received an offer when he attended USC's Junior Day last month. Browne came away impressed with what the Trojans had to offer and has continued to list USC among his favorites since his visit.
Browne also has family ties to Southern California as his brother, Mitch, has lived in the area for 10 years and has attended USC games in the past.
Alabama and Oklahoma appear to be USC's stiffest competition for landing quarterback's signature, but Browne is an early-enrollee candidate, so expect a decision sooner rather than later.
Like quarterback, running back is a definite position of need for the Trojans in 2013. With Curtis McNeal set to graduate at the end of next season, USC will be left with only two scholarship tailbacks, D.J. Morgan and Buck Allen.
USC could take anywhere from one to three tailbacks in the 2013 recruiting class, with the ideal number being two. It's very possible that Greg Bryant could be in the mix when it's all said and done.
Although Bryant hails from Delray Beach, Florida, the 4-star tailback is not afraid to leave home.
Just a week ago, recruiting analyst Phil Kornblut reported Bryant's top three as USC, South Carolina and Notre Dame.
Bryant's speed is not elite, but his skill set is still promising as he possesses excellent footwork and vision, two attributes that should translate well to the next level.
With running back being such a key position of need, look for USC to go hard after Bryant throughout the recruiting process.
While we're on the topic of running backs, it's important we address another one of the Trojans' top targets at the position, Ty Isaac.
At 6'3", 215 lbs, Isaac certainly falls under the "big backs" category.
Isaac plays his high school ball for Joliet (Illinois) Catholic, where the level of competition is not particularly high. But the junior's skill set has still been impressive enough to net over 20 offers so far.
For a bigger running back, Isaac runs quickly and smoothly through the tackles. He needs to improve upon his overall toughness while running, but the potential is certainly there for Isaac to be an elite collegiate back.
The Trojans have been onto Isaac for a while now and the running back prospect is set to visit Troy in the coming weeks. Distance could play a role in his ultimate decision, but for now USC sits well with the highly rated out-of-state back.
Linebacker isn't a position that needs to be thoroughly addressed in 2013, but depth at a critical position is never a bad thing to have. USC may turn to Wyomissing (PA) Area linebacker Alex Anzalone to further strengthen the position.
The Trojans got involved in Anzalone's recruiting earlier this month when they became the 29th team to offer him a scholarship.
Anzalone was already planning to head west to visit Stanford for its Junior Day in April, but after the USC offer, the 4-star will also make time for a trip to Los Angeles on his West Coast swing.
At 6'3", 220 lbs, Anzalone projects as an elite outside linebacker prospect. Despite all the attention he is receiving from schools across the country, don't expect a decision anytime soon. Anzalone has stated that he will take his time examining each of his choices before committing.
It's unlikely the Trojans take more than two linebackers in 2013, but USC would love for one of them to be Anzalone.
Although the Trojans loaded up on offensive linemen in 2012, they still missed out on a few key targets in Andrus Peat and Kyle Murphy, meaning the trenches are still a priority for Kiffin and co. in 2013.
Although Laremy Tunsil, a 5-star prospect from Lake City, Florida is highest on the Trojans' wish list judging by the early offer he received from Troy, it's another out of state tackle— 4-star Ethan Pocic—that USC probably has the best chance of landing come Signing Day.
The Trojans entered themselves in the Pocic sweepstakes a month ago when they became the 11th program to offer the tackle from Lemont, Illinois.
Pocic had a chance to see USC play in person when he unofficially visited Notre Dame for the Trojans' game against the Irish in 2011.
The standout offensive tackle has already stated his intentions to visit USC in the early summer, but if Pocic continues to take a hard look at Troy, there will surely be a lot of chatter among hometown fans who will be trying to keep him in the Big Ten.
Pocic is in no rush to come to a decision and hasn't yet named a favorite, so as it stands right now, the Trojans are in as good of spot as any to land the elite lineman.