Since arriving at USC from the SEC, USC head coach Lane Kiffin and defensive coordinator Ed Orgeron have owned the state of California on the recruiting trail. As USC’s eighth-ranked class of 2012 prepares for fall practice starting in August, the Trojans are busy acquiring verbal commitments for their 2013 group.
Currently, USC’s 2013 class is ranked second on Rivals.com with 14 commitments, three of those being 5-star recruits.
One of those 5-star commits is Vista Murrieta High (CA) star Su’a Cravens. Another example of Kiffin/Orgeron’s California dominance, Cravens is considered the top safety in his class and chose to stay close to home over heading to Ohio State or Michigan.
One of the coordinators who recruited Cravens was the team’s offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu. However, Cravens reminds scouts more of Polamalu’s nephew—a USC legend now dominating for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The comparisons are legit, so here’s why Cravens lines up to be the next star safety for the Trojans.