Although the USC Trojans have only just secured the top recruiting class in 2013, according to Rivals.com, Lane Kiffin is already on the hunt for players to add to his 2014 roster.
After USC hosted its first camp of the summer in June, the Trojans hooked their first recruit of the 2014 season after offensive tackle Jordan Poland verbally committed. At 6’7’’ and 333 lbs., Poland has the potential to become the next Matt Kalil, and he still has two more years.
Although the 2014 season is still two years away, let’s take a look at the top five recruits who can join Poland on the Trojans’ future roster.
With names like Carson Palmer, Mark Sanchez and Matt Leinart coming out of USC, the Trojans have long been running an NFL quarterback factory.
In 2013, Max Browne will suit up in cardinal and gold to take a shot at being the Trojans’ starting quarterback, and in 2014, Keller Chryst should do the same.
Chryst, a Palo Alto native, is one of the top prospects out west and recently received his first offer from USC. Last year, as a sophomore, Chryst threw for 2,165 yards and 28 touchdowns, but what’s more impressive is his family. Chryst is the son of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback coach Geep Chryst and the nephew of the head coach Paul Chryst at the University of Pittsburgh.
With a training team like that behind him, Chryst would fit perfectly with the inside the Trojans’ NFL quarterback factory.
Although Tyler Luatua is just listed as a tight end, he’s more than that. At 6’3’’ and 215 lbs., Luatua is like Robert Woods: He’s a great athlete that can make an impact at any spot.
Luatua has been heavily recruiting already, as he is one of the top recruits for the 2014 class simply because he’s an all-around great athlete. USC has already given an offer to the Los Angeles native, and with schools like Alabama and Notre Dame already pushing for him, the Trojans will have to land this player now.
In 2014, T.J McDonald and Jawanza Starling will be long gone, and the Trojans will have even graduated Demetrius Wright.
So, USC will have a big hole to fill at safety. With this in mind, the Trojans would be wise to pick up Nathan Starks. Starks is a Las Vegas native who is being heavily recruited by Oklahoma, and for good reason. Like Tyler Luatua, Starks is an extremely versatile player and has the potential to play a few other positions, including running back, which will be a crucial position for the Trojans to fill as well in 2014.
Although USC has not given an offer to Starks yet, it should do so soon because his all-around athleticism would definitely round out the Trojans' explosive offense.
One of the reasons why the Trojans have built such a strong offense is because of their depth; however, USC has had some trouble in the running back position.
In the upcoming 2012 season, the Trojans will return Curtis McNeal and now Silas Redd. However, both stars will be gone in 2014, and the Trojans will have to find a replacement.
Los Angeles native Kurt Scoby looks to be a great option. At about 5’8’’, Scoby is a compact running back that places with force, knows to play into the open field and can knock lineman down if need be. With two years left until college, Scoby has time to hone his craft and come out as a top running back for the Trojans in 2014.
Even though Viane Talamalvoa still has two more years left to fine tune his game, he has already made a name for himself. Talamalvoa was the MVP of the Los Angeles Nike Camp this summer and is yet another versatile player. Talamalvoa can play tackle, guard and center, and his multipurpose play has garnered him an offer from UCLA.
Talamalvoa still has room to grow, but unlike most high school linemen, he has good technique. This is in large part due to the fact that his father is a coach and has instilled in him the technique that most college coaches want in their players.
In summary, he’s got the potential to be great, and stealing him from UCLA would be an added bonus for the USC football program.