Earlier this week, I published a slideshow which outlined five of the biggest offseason concerns for new Trojans head coach, Steve Sarkisian.
One of those concerns listed was the need for Sarkisian to identify true freshmen who could contribute immediately for USC in 2014.
The reason for Sark to find those youngsters who can see the field early is obvious to any fan of the program, and it has everything to do with the sanctions that have been imposed by that—ahem—August college governing body, the NCAA.
Operating with a reduced roster, USC will need to get healthy bodies on the field of play this season, and that includes as many true freshmen as possible.
This slideshow will look at some of these recruits who have given USC their verbal commitment and the likelihood of their playing in 2014.
Can the Trojans count on these young players in a year when they might be needed badly?
Time will tell, but here are some likely candidates to help out the men of Troy.
Profiles are provided by Scout.com, and this list does not include Austin Maloata, Malik Dorton and Uchenna Nwosu, all of whom are listed as "soft verbals."