As the start of USC's 2013 fall practice camp draws near, the recruiting staff remains busy on the high school trail assembling targets for this coming year's class.
Eying several potential future Trojans, head coach Lane Kiffin and his crew have searched far and wide for players to don the Cardinal and Gold. And in the case of at least one player, their efforts have paid off.
This slideshow will take a look at some of what is going on with the life blood of college football known as recruiting and it will take a glimpse at some of the potential future men of Troy.
While it is still very early in the process, here is some of what is going down recruiting-wise for USC.
This week, USC received a verbal commitment from East Los Angeles College defensive lineman Michael Wyche. While the player may be somewhat under the radar, he has the potential to be something special for the Trojans.
USC needs interior defensive linemen, and in Wyche, the Trojans get a mobile yet huge (6'4", 310 pounds) tackle who can easily play the nose in certain alignments.
Although he's not a household name, Wyche has garnered a lot of interest lately. He only had a couple of offers other than USC, but he certainly could have gathered more by the end of the year.
For Wyche, the offer was too good to pass up, and he said as much when relating the experience to Scout.com's Greg Biggins: "I toured the campus and then sat down with Coach O and Coach Kiffin. When Coach Kiffin offered me a scholarship, I got real emotional. I committed to him right there and I’m so excited to be a Trojan."
If Wyche plays up to his potential, the feeling will certainly be mutual.
The Trojans are shooting high as always when it comes to recruiting. Recently, four monster recruits made a visit to USC to check out the program and the facilities.
Beyond the high visibility of these blue-chip players comes an additional caveat: Some of them are related, and if USC can get one, it may get them all.
What makes the trip all the more interesting is that these four are close off of the field and have expressed a strong desire to play together at the next level.
Said Lazarus to ESPN's Blair Angulo on the subject of them playing together, "We always talk about it. We talk about it every day.” Lazarus also said he liked what he saw during the visit: "I have a really good feel for the school now.”
Trojan fans hope that feeling applies to everyone in the quartet.
The Trojans continue to make offers to some outstanding prep talent, and they are looking both nationally and locally.
Here are some recent offers by USC.
USC has had its eye on this dynamic defensive end from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif., for some time now.
Dorton is a 6'3", 235-pound 4-star Scout.com prospect who combines raw power with great athleticism to form a dominant package on the edge.
He grew up rooting for USC, according to an article by Scout.com's Greg Biggins, and while he is not ready to commit, you have to like USC's chances.
It's no secret that USC needs cornerbacks, and in its pursuit, the team has reached into the heart of Texas to offer a very good one in Nick Watkins out of Dallas, Texas.
Watkins is an ESPN.com 4-star prospect who has excellent size at 6'1", 180 pounds and even better technique with his coverage skills.
Holding more than 30 offers, he will likely take his time before making a decision.
When one thinks of a hotbed of high school football, it is not often that Kansas comes to mind. Yet that is where you will find Peyton Newell, an ESPN.com 3-star offensive lineman.
Though he's only rated as a 3-star prospect, at 6'2" and 275 pounds, Newell is attracting plenty of attention. That's evident by his more than two dozen offers.
USC capped off a very busy week on Saturday when Centennial High School (Corona, Calif) defensive end Austin Maloata gave his verbal pledge to play for the men of Troy.
Maloata is a big, physical lineman who played in Samoa last year. While he is an unknown commodity, his potential is off of the charts.
Meanwhile, USC will continue to scour the nation, as well as its own fertile backyard of Southern California, for prospects.
Expect Lane Kiffin and his staff to focus on laying the ground work for future success on the recruiting front, where signatures on letters of intents are secured in the offseason. And check back here often for updates on their efforts as they try to return USC to the prominence it enjoyed not so long ago.