USC Football Recruiting: Lane Kiffin's Top 2014 Targets, Part 2
In last week's look at the top five Trojan recruiting targets for 2014, we saw a talented group that featured both offensive and defensive prospects, all of whom USC would dearly love to have as the Trojans plan for their future.
The group featured in this slideshow are similar in that they too are a very athletic and capable cadre of players who could help the Trojans return to the elevated status they enjoyed not so long ago.
The players profiled here were selected based on the likelihood of their signing with the Trojans, USC's need for players at their position and the quality of the player himself.
Who are the next crop of Trojan studs?
Read on to find out who some of them might be...
Josh Frazier (Defensive Tackle)
After last year's mass defection of verbal commitments on the defensive line, it is no secret that the Trojans desperately need to re-stock that unit in 2014.
And although this is not a banner year for D-line prospects, there are a few jewels out there, and one that has a Trojan offer is big Josh Frazier from Springdale, Arkansas.
Though still raw, Frazier has the tools to become dominant at the next level with some coaching attention, particularly in rushing the passer.
On the recruiting front, in addition to USC, several SEC teams and Notre Dame have offered Frazier and at this point, it looks like Alabama is the team to beat for his services.
Jalen Brown (Wide Receiver)
While wide receiver may not be the highest priority for USC in this class, the Trojans will still need to take at least one in 2014.
Could that player be Phoenix, Arizona (Mountain Pointe High School) wide receiver Jalen Brown?
Brown, who has a good frame at 6'2" but will need to pack on a lot more than the 170 pounds he now carries, is an explosive athlete with good speed and great quickness.
Rated a 4-star prospect by Scout.com, Brown was at USC last weekend and has the Trojans listed as "medium" in terms of his interest.
Justin Thornton (Defensive End)
As stated before, USC needs defensive linemen and one of the best resides in Prichard, Alabama and goes by the name of Justin Thornton.
Thornton, a 4-star defensive end prospect according to Scout.com, is an extremely athletic edge rusher who has a great frame (6'5") to pack on more weight in addition to the 224 pounds he currently carries.
Thornton recently released a top five list of suitors and USC made the cut along with Florida, Auburn, Texas A&M and LSU.
In addition to the good news regarding USC being in Thornton's list for consideration, he also plans on taking a trip to "Trojanville" in the summer which can only be good news for the program.
Adoree Jackson (Cornerback)
With cornerbacks being a focus for this class, Junipero Serra High School (Gardena, California) defensive back Adoree Jackson is a primary target for the recruiting efforts of Lane Kiffin and his staff.
It won't be easy for the Trojans to land the Scout.com 5-star prospect though.
At one time USC was considered the clear favorite to sign Jackson, but he seems to have cooled somewhat on the Trojans as they have been reticent for some reason to offer Jackson's teammate, linebacker Dwight Williams.
However, an offer to Williams should come at some point, and when it does, perhaps Jackson will once again warm up to the idea of donning the cardinal and gold.
In the meantime, Jackson holds offers from nearly all of the major programs in the nation and lists them as "medium" in terms of his interest.
JuJu Smith (Safety/Wide Receiver)
The Trojans need versatile players due to a reduced roster (thanks to the NCAA sanctions) so when a player like Long Beach Poly (California) High School's JuJu Smith comes along, Kiffin and his staff are going to go all out to get him.
Smith, a 5-star prospect at safety according to Scout.com is an incredible athlete who will be a difference maker at the next level.
However, for USC, it is at wide receiver where the Trojans see him making that difference and that suits Smith just fine.
In an article by Scout.com's Greg Biggins, Smith said Lane Kiffin wants him to play receiver. Said Smith:
He said they want me at wide out. I was surprised because I barely get offers for receiver but it made me think. I would definitely rather play receiver and be happy with a long 12-15 year career in the pros playing receiver and not having any regrets and that’s why I’m really excited that USC sees me as a receiver as well.
After Smith thoroughly enjoyed himself at USC's junior day, the Trojans look like the front-runner for Smith's services although he also has offers from most of the major programs throughout the nation.