It's May 2012—just three months removed from National Signing Day—and the USC Trojans are already putting together another stellar class.
Today, the Trojans received a verbal commitment from top running back recruit Ty Isaac of Joliet, Illinois. They could also land another running back on Thursday, when Justin Davis is set to announce his college decision.
The addition of Isaac is huge for the Trojans because he comes at a position of need.
He joins a class that already includes top quarterback Max Browne, defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow, wide receiver Eldridge Massington, cornerback Chris Hawkins and defensive lineman Kylie Fitts. With six players already, the class of 2013 is sitting with the potential to be another top class with just 15 to 18 scholarships on tap (three early enrollees).
The big picture behind all these commits, however, is that USC is still a place of dominance. Not only on the field, but in recruiting as well.
It all starts with the mastermind Lane Kiffin, who has put together an amazing staff with many recruiting experts such as Ed Orgeron, Monte Kiffin, Tee Martin and James Cregg. They not only control the state of California, but they have began to open pipelines in Florida and the South thanks to their new wide receivers coach Martin.
The USC Trojans have taken the sanctions imposed on them by the NCAA and turned getting only 15 scholarships into a good thing.
Having 10 fewer scholarships forces the coaching staff to focus on the players that they feel are "can't-miss," needing to convince nearly all targets. It allows the coaching staff to focus on quality over quantity, and that is exactly what they are doing.
To think that a 2013 recruiting class could feature multiple top players at each recruited position is truly a thing of beauty. Not to mention Browne, Hawkins and Fitts are working to be early enrollees for the Trojans, getting them into the fold and learning everything quicker.
Behind Coach Kiffin and the rest of the staff, these Trojans are proving that dominance wears cardinal and gold—and not just in Los Angeles.