Now we will look at the remainder of the 13 tackles and ends that have been offered so far by the Trojans this year.
In a unit that desperately needs to be re-stocked after last year's verbal defections, the recruiting department is focusing on this portion of the defense as well they should.
If USC can get some of these players to sign on the dotted line in February, it will go a long way toward securing a dominant defense in the foreseeable future for the Trojans.
Now let's meet these guys...
Out of Oklahoma City (OK) comes a very talented strong-side defensive end in the form of big Deondre Clark.
Clark is an extremely athletic edge-rusher whose size (6'3.5", 235 pounds) belies his excellent (4.7 40) speed.
Athletic enough to play H-back on offense, Clark will likely stay on the defensive side of the ball at the next level.
Playing for the Douglas High School Trojans, could Clark be enamored enough with his schools name to want to stay a Trojan in college?
Time will tell, but at this point, USC is vying for his services with programs such as Oklahoma, LSU and Texas A&M among many others. (h/t Scout.com)
Listed by some services as a defensive end but big enough to play anywhere on the line, Davon Godchaux (Plaquemine, LA) is a talented lineman who is only going to get better at the next level.
Already dominant physically, Godchaux at 6'4", 265 pounds, can manhandle any poor opponent who has the misfortune of lining up opposite of him.
Interestingly, Godchaux holds many offers from some of the most powerful programs around, but he has yet to secure one from LSU, who likely would go to the front of the line should they offer. (h/t Scout.com)
In the meantime, USC, like everyone else on his list, is regarded as "medium" in terms of his interest.
Depending on which recruiting service you subscribe to, Peyton Newell (Hiawatha, KS) is either a big defensive end or a light tackle.
Whatever he is, one thing for sure is that he is a wanted man.
Holding over 30 offers, Newell is coveted by programs such as Georgia, Nebraska and Oklahoma among many, many others. (h/t Scout.com)
At 6'2", 266 pounds and growing, it is easy to see why coaches are flocking to Kansas these days to check out young Mr. Newell.
Arizona is a hotbed of prep talent in 2013 and one of the very best hails from Chandler, and his name is Qualen Cunningham.
Cunningham is a 6'4", 225-pound end whose frame will certainly handle additional bulk in a college weight training program.
Already powerful and extremely quick, Cunningham uses his physicality to get off the edge against hapless offensive linemen who are often left wondering who that blur was that just went around them.
Possessing over a dozen offers including from Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas A&M in addition to USC, Cunningham has them all even on his dance card. (h/t Scout.com)
One of the most talented Southern Californian high school programs in 2013 is St. John Bosco (Bellfower, CA) and one of the best players on that team is Malik Dorton.
Dorton is a very athletic 6'3", 235-pound beast who can run you over as easily as he can go around you and either way, he has a knack for spending time in opposing backfields.
At this point, Dorton holds over a dozen offers and although he is "high" on UCLA, the Trojans are making up ground as time goes by. (h/t Scout.com)
Another interesting prospect USC has their eye on is Covington High School (Covington, LA) lineman, Garrald McDowell.
At 6'2", 254 pounds, McDowell is a very active player whose combination of speed and power makes him a very difficult guy to handle for whoever is unlucky enough to have to try to block him.
Sort of a "tweener," it is hard to figure out exactly where he plays at the next level but wherever that is, he is bound to be a difference-maker.
With well over a dozen offers in his pocket, McDowell says they are all medium interest-wise. (h/t Scout.com)
Although USC currently has verbal commitments from prep linemen Tashon Smallwood, Austin Maloata and junior college defensive tackle Michael Wyche, the search is far from over for recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron and his staff.
Of the players profiled in these two slideshows, most will not sign with the Trojans this February.
Because of this, expect more offers to be extended and when they are, look here for a live blog to bring you that news.
And check back often for more slideshows that will profile other players in all of the units that feature prospective Trojans in the 2014 class.