Although USC currently has scholarship restrictions, that hasn't stopped this program from recruiting with the best of the best schools. Last season the Trojans were only able to lock up 15 recruits, but 11 of those players were ranked at least 4-stars.
For the 2013 class, USC already has seven early commitments, all of which are at least 4-star prospects. With a few more scholarships on the table and several players considering Southern California, Lane Kiffin and company look to add a few more key players to this class.
As we get closer to the recruiting process heating up, here are a few updates on some of the players that USC is keeping its eye on.
Latest Status: Considering Alabama, LSU, USC, Miami and Oregon, among others.
Coley is a 6'1" wide receiver that has decent speed and can become a deep threat the moment he steps on campus. He's a really thin receiver but has as much upside as anyone in this class. With over 30 offers on the table, Coley has recently trimmed it down to just 10 that he's still considering.
"Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Florida, Miami, Oregon, USC, and Tennessee," he said (via Scout). "A top ten is the best I could do right now. I can't really separate number ten from 20 though."
Despite being from Oakland Park, FL, Coley says that location won't play much of a factor in his decision, and he will make his announcement official on national signing day.
Latest Status: Considering USC, UCLA, LSU, Nebraska and Arizona State, among others.
Willis is a very physical safety at 6'2", 190 pounds. He is a sure tackler, is excellent at jamming receivers and can also play the cornerback position as well.
The 5-star recruit is from Tempe, AZ, but has seen the USC and UCLA campus several times. He will spend the recruiting process looking at some of the other schools on his list, telling Scout:
I won’t trip to USC or UCLA because I’ve been there so many times already. Same thing for the in-state schools like Arizona State or Arizona. I want to see some new places that I’ve never been before. LSU and Nebraska are two schools Tahaan and I are visiting and I really want to check out Notre Dame too. After that, I really don’t know, there are so many good schools I wish I could take more than five official visits.
It appears that it will be a while before we hear an official announcement from Willis, but expect the Trojans to have a say before this is all said and done.
Latest Status: Considering USC, Washington and Notre Dame, among others.
Daniels is a huge target at the wide receiver position with his 6'3", 210-pound frame. He is a physical receiver, capable of picking up tons of yards after the catch and could easily make an immediate impact his true-freshman season.
The 5-star wide receiver just recently received an offer from USC, but says they have already shot to the top as one of his favorites (via Scout):
USC is very similar. I like the program and the coaching staff and their tradition is second to none. They also have great academics and do a great job developing receivers. Academics are most important to me and I’m also looking at how early I can play and a school where I feel at home.
Latest Status: Considering USC, UCLA, Washington, Oregon and Tennessee, among others.
Falah is considered one of the top offensive tackles in this year's class at 6'4", 275 pounds. He is very athletic for his size, a physical player and extremely strong. He's a very effective when blocking downfield and has a mean streak to his game as well.
The 4-star player from Bellflower, CA, is looking at several schools right now but really likes USC.
"They came in a little bit late, but I’m starting to build a good relationship with USC. I like them a lot and I think I could do good things there," Falah told Scout.
Latest Status: Considering Cal, USC, Notre Dame, Michigan and Oklahoma, among others.
Hutchings is one of the top outside linebackers and for good reason, as he can do a little bit of everything on the football field. He has great instincts and solid coverage skills and will deliver a big hit when given the opportunity.
He's a very smart football player and has the Trojans very high on his list of schools.
“There were a lot of great players and I think USC could put together a monster class. We’re all talking similar to how a lot of the players in the 2012 class talked about going to California together," Hutchings said (via Scout).
Latest Status: Considering Cal, USC, Oregon and UCLA, among others.
Vanderdoes seems like wherever he goes, he will likely end up staying very close to home (Auburn, CA). One of this year's top defensive tackles has already checked out Cal, Oregon and UCLA, but he also has the Trojans very high on that list as well.
"They said they are going to come after me hard," Vanderdoes said of USC (via ESPN). "Things are going to heat up with USC a lot more over the rest of the recruiting process."
Vanderdoes is a very strong player at 6'4", 285 pounds and is very quick off the ball. He does a great job at shedding blockers and is a force at creating plays in the offensive backfield.
Latest Status: Considering USC, Michigan, UCLA and Ohio State, among others.
Cravens is considered one of the top safeties in this year's class, and the Trojans are one of the favorites to land him. He is from Murrieta, CA, and is known for getting to the quarterback and having great football instincts.
There were rumors floating around that he had cut his list down to just three schools, but that is not true, says his father: "To set the record straight, UCLA, USC, Ohio State are Michigan are still strong favorites for Su'a. I don't know who said he is down to three schools but that was not true" (via Scout).
You should hear an announcement soon as Cravens is expected to make a decision on June 6.
Latest Status: Considering USC, Auburn, Clemson, LSU and Oregon, among others.
Adams is arguably the top defensive tackle in the 2013 class. He has terrific size at 6'3", 285 pounds and plays the game with an extremely high motor.
He has offers from nearly every school in the country and is expected to take his time throughout the process. One of the schools that he will like to visit is USC.
“I know one of them—I want to go to LSU. I want to go to Oregon and I want to go to USC,” Adams said (via Scout).
Although Auburn and Michigan State are high on his list, you can never count out the Trojans when it comes to a top prospect.