USC Football: 5 Recruits from 2012 That Will Make the Biggest Impact in the Fall

Ross Dautel@@RossDautelContributor IIIApril 3, 2012

USC Football: 5 Recruits from 2012 That Will Make the Biggest Impact in the Fall

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    Despite NCAA imposed sanctions, Lane Kiffin and company still managed to reel in one of the nation's elite recruiting classes in 2012.

    The Trojans hope that each of their 15 recruits will make an impact at some point during their USC careers, but five players in particular have the ability to be key players from the moment they set foot on campus.

    Let's examine the five recruits from February's class who will make the biggest impact for USC this fall...

Nelson Agholor

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    Although Agholor won't be on campus until the fall, the 5-star wide receiver still has all the tools to be an impact player for USC the minute he lands in Los Angeles.

    It's unclear whether Agholor, the 18th best national recruit according to, will play running back or wide receiver for the Trojans, but his elite speed and athleticism can fit in nicely at either position.

    The USC wide receiving corp is seemingly stacked with potential All-Americans Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, but the Trojans have been relatively thin throughout the spring and practiced with just one scholarship receiver on Saturday.

    Even with the switch of Tre Madden to running back, the backfield is still in need of another capable athlete and Agholor could very easily be that guy.

    The bottom line is that Agholor is simply too talented to keep off the field in 2012. He is known for his work ethic both in the classroom and on the football field and the transition from high school to college should be a relatively smooth one for him.

Gerald Bowman

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    Bowman is as polished as they come from the junior college ranks. The 4-star safety is a tenacious defender who is well-rounded enough to defend both the run and the pass at the Division I level from his spot in the secondary.

    Bowman was the top-rated junior college recruit in 2012 according to Although the former Pierce Community College star nets a multitude of big hits with his aggression, Bowman's instincts are also a strength, which makes him very solid in pass coverage.

    While Jawanza Starling and T.J. McDonald appear to have a firm grasp on the Trojans' starting safety positions in the Fall, Bowman is more than capable of coming to campus and earning a spot in the rotation.

    Look for Bowman to perform well in his first season at Troy and become the team's starting safety in 2013.

Morgan Breslin

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    Breslin could very well end up being the steal of the 2012 recruiting class for USC. After making a late push for the Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) star, the Trojans staff was able to woo Breslin away from crosstown rival UCLA.

    While USC still has rising seniors Wes Horton and Devon Kennard at the defensive end position, the loss of Nick Perry to the NFL opens the door for someone like Breslin to earn some early playing time.

    Breslin's quickness off the line of scrimmage may be his greatest asset and it's one that helped him lead the California State Junior College ranks in sacks each of the past two seasons.

    The fact that Breslin is already on campus participating in spring practice should go a long way in getting him on the playing field early this fall.

    After spending a few months under the tutelage of defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and strength and conditioning coach Aaron Ausmus, look for Breslin to be ready to make an impact at a position of need for the Trojans come August.

Kevon Seymour

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    Upon his arrival to USC in the fall, Seymour could make an impact not only on the defensive side of the ball, but on special teams as well.

    At Muir High School (Pasadena, Calif.), Seymour, a 4-star prospect, was known for his supreme coverage abilities.

    Despite the fact that Nickell Robey and Isiah Wiley have impressed so far this spring, USC's injury-ridden cornerback corp from a year ago is still in need of some depth.

    That's where Seymour comes in.

    At 6'0", 180 lbs, Seymour has enough body mass to size up with some of the Pac-12's best wideouts. Combine that with his elite speed and instincts and you have the makings of a top-flight cornerback.

    However, Seymour's earliest impact may be seen in the return game, where his quickness and agility can best be put to use.

    He won't be on campus until August, but once Seymour arrives, his impact will be far-reaching in both the secondary and on special teams.

Leonard Williams

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    Williams was a surprise for USC on Signing Day and could very well end up being a surprise for the Trojans in the fall.

    Williams' position along the defensive line at the collegiate level is still to be determined, but the 4-star recruit from Daytona Beach, FL has the size (6'5", 254 lbs) to play along the interior and the speed to play the edge.

    The Trojans lost a great deal along the defensive line this offseason, particularly on the inside with starters Da'John Harris and Christian Tupou graduating in the spring.

    Williams won't be on campus until August, but that won't stop him from immediately finding a way onto the field once the first few games hit.

    Whether he is used as a tackle or an end, you can expect big things from Williams the day he sets foot on the campus.