USC Football Recruiting: Trojans Extend Flurry of New Offers

Rick McMahan@@RickMcMahanSenior Writer IMay 22, 2012

USC Football Recruiting: Trojans Extend Flurry of New Offers

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    In what has already been a banner start to the class of 2013 recruiting season, Lane Kiffin and his crew are not content to rest on their laurels.

    After already compiling an incredible group of talented prep players, USC has left no stone unturned in reaching out to prospective Trojans with scholarship offers.

    From California to New Jersey, and all points in between, Kiffin and his recruiting guru, Ed Orgeron, have been searching for players who want to join a class that already features four 5-star players to go along with three 4-star prospects.

    This slideshow will look at some of these talented players and offer some insight as to their likelihood of signing with the men of Troy.

    So, who are these guys?

    Let's find out.

Stacy Coley (Wide Receiver)

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    With Eldridge Massington's recent verbal, the Trojans began to address a position which was stocked not so long ago.

    However, with the transfers of Brice Butler and Kyle Prater, wide receivers are now at a premium, especially with the notion that this may be Robert Woods' last season, and Marqise Lee may follow after the next one.

    It is for this reason that USC is making offers to guys like Stacy Coley, a 6'1", 175-pound receiver from Oakland Park, Fla.

    Coley, ranked the sixth best at his position by, had 33 catches for seven touchdowns last year as a junior.

    USC joins Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma and others for Coley's services, and he lists them all as "medium" in terms of his interest.

Demarcus Walker (Defensive End)

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    Although the Trojans really need defensive tackles, when a player like defensive end Demarcus Walker is available, you grab him if you can.

    Walker, rated a 4-star prospect by both and ESPN, is 6'4", 276 pounds, and with his frame, it is conceivable that at some point he may slide inside to the interior.

    Hailing from Sandlewood High School in Jacksonville, Fla., Walker has offers from powerhouses such as Alabama, Florida and others. He has them all ranked as "medium," interest-wise.

Mike Mitchell (Middle Linebacker)

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    While the linebacking corps seems fairly set for the foreseeable future, new linebacking coach Scottie Hazelton still has his eyes set down the road, which is why he (and tons of other programs) has Prestonwood Christian High School's Mike Mitchell in his line of sight.

    Mitchell is a 6'4", 215-pound prospect whose frame certainly would allow him to add weight at the next level.

    Rated a 4-star prospect and seventh best at his position by, Mitchell currently holds offers from over 20 programs and lists them all as even.

Elijah Qualls (Defensive Tackle)

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    Rising fast on recruiting boards is Casa Grande High School (Petaluma, Calf.) defensive tackle Elijah Qualls.

    Qualls is an extremely athletic tackle whose size (6'2", 279 pounds) reminds some of former Trojans interior linemen like Mike Patterson and Jurrell Casey.

    Rated a 4-star prospect by but only a 3-star player by ESPN, Qualls has over 20 offers but only favors about 10, including USC.

    Another thing to keep in mind with this player is that he also plays fullback in high school, and that versatility makes him very attractive to the Trojans.

Ra'Shaad Samples (Wide Receiver)

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    Back to the wide receiver position, where we find Skyline High School (Dallas, Texas) mini-rocket, Ra'Shaad Samples.

    Though small (5'10", 170 pounds), Samples more than makes up for it with his blazing speed and shiftiness.

    Rated a 4-star prospect by, Samples holds well over 20 offers but has trimmed his list to six programs, and the Trojans are one of them.

    Better still, rumor has it that recent Trojan verbal commit Eldridge Massington, who also is from Texas, has been pushing Samples the Trojans way.