USC Football: Top 2014 in-State Recruits Who Can't Slip Away
The 2014 recruiting cycle is in full swing with USC looking to secure another solid class under the guidance of Lane Kiffin.
Despite having a national draw on the recruiting trail every year, the USC coaches work to secure the talent rich state of California at the beginning of every recruiting cycle.
As Stanford, UCLA and others in the Pac-12 continue to get stronger, securing in-state recruits has become more difficult than in the past. Here are five players that will receive a lot of attention from the Trojans over the next year.
Adoree’ Jackson, CB, 5’11”, 185 lbs, Junipero Sierra High School
Adoree’ Jackson is one of the premier defensive backs for the 2014 class. He is rated as the No. 3 corner nationally, per 247 Sports Composite.
Jackson is a very versatile cover corner that is seeing his recruitment heat up exponentially now that the 2013 class is signed.
The Trojans will need to add depth to the secondary after the 2013 season, and Jackson would be a great fit. He is one of the most explosive players in the country and will only get better over the next year.
A small draw for USC is that Jackson hails from the same program that current Trojans star Marqise Lee played in.
Jackson received an invite to the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp this spring, but an ankle injury has kept him sidelined (247Sports).
Keller Chryst, QB, 6’3”, 215 lbs, Palo Alto High School
The Trojans are loaded with quarterback talent heading into spring, but one of the signal-callers in the mix for the starting job may transfer after a decision is made this fall.
Even if the Trojans are able to hold onto all three talented quarterbacks, adding a fourth to the fold for 2014 would be a wise decision.
Kelly Chryst is from Palo Alto—the home of Stanford—so this will not be an easy pull for the Trojans. Plucking hometown kids from a very strong program like the Cardinal is no small task.
He fits the Trojans offense well, and could be a competitor for the starting position within a few seasons in L.A.
Chryst is rated as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback (247 Sports Composite) in the 2014 class.
Tyler Luatua, TE, 6’4”, 230 lbs, La Mirada High School
The Trojans are always looking for solid playmakers on offense and defense, and this year is no different with top in-state target Tyler Luatua.
Heading into 2014, the Trojans will have a huge need at tight end with both Xavier Grimble and Randall Telfer taking the field as seniors.
Luatua could step in and redshirt, gaining a wealth of knowledge from the rising upperclassmen at the position.
Tyler Luatua is the No. 1 tight end prospect (247Sports Composite) for the 2014 class.
Jordan Poland, OT, 6’7”, 333 lbs, La Jolla Country Day School
Jordan Poland is a beast along the offensive line. He is a huge offensive tackle that stands at 6’7” and weighs in at 333 lbs. He has some extra weight, and should come into college and play in the 325-pound range.
Poland is rated as the No. 103 overall recruit (247Sports Composite) in the 2014 class, and has been committed to the Trojans since June of 2012.
Numerous other programs have offered, but Poland appears set on USC.
The Trojans can’t let up, however, as highly-rated recruits often flop from team to team during the year.
Barry Ware, WR, 6’3”, 190 lbs, Centennial High School
The Trojans are showing interest in the star, but he currently favors Oregon, UCLA and Utah. A USC offer would likely change that.
At 6’3” Ware has the height to make plays over defenders, and he is fluid enough to make every cut in a route with precision.
With a lot of talent departing after the 2014 season for the Trojans at receiver, Ware should become one of the hot names on the recruiting trail for USC.