USC Football Recruiting 2013: Trojans' Recent Success Is Sign of Things to Come

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2012

USC commit Max Browne (Photo courtesy of
USC commit Max Browne (Photo courtesy of

In case you haven't been paying attention, Lane Kiffin's USC Trojans have already put together a stacked 2013 recruiting class, and it contains only nine committed players.

Each recruit on the list is a unanimous 4-star player or better across the Rivals,, ESPN and recruiting services.

Even more impressive is the fact they have top three players at four different positions: QB Max Browne (Skyline, Sammamish, WA), RB Ty Isaac (Joliet Catholic, Joliet, IL), S Su'a Cravens (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta, CA) and DT Kenny Bigelow (Eastern Christian Academy, Elkton, MD).

And the rest of the class isn't very far behind.

USC finished with only 15 recruits last year, as they battled with limited scholarships.

The scary part is that they've battled the past few years with these limited scholarships, but now they're considered one of the favorites for the national championship.

Kiffin's only been in power at Southern California for two years, but there is no denying he knows how to bring in talent and put it on the field. Say what you want about him, but he understands these kids and knows how to attract them to his program.

He coached a loaded deck to some degree last year—and he certainly will again this year thanks to the return of Matt Barkley—but he's wasted no time finding kids to help keep the cupboard full.

The Trojans are notorious for flopping in one game per season (see Arizona State in 2011), but this team, if playing to their potential, should walk through the Pac-12 in 2012, and potentially land in the title game if the SEC and Big 12 don't turn out two unbeatens.

Either way, USC will return to national prominence this fall, and it will only be the beginning.

The 10-2 mark last year was the start; their top 10 recruiting class in 2012 was the next step, and, regardless of 2012 season outcome, their 2013 class will be the complete rebirth of USC dominance.