With the February 5 national signing day drawing near, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian and his newly christened staff will be pulling double duty trying to deliver the Trojans a top-flight recruiting class for 2014.
Already very active on the recruiting front since arriving, Sark doesn't have many scholarships to work with as he puts the finishing touch on a class already consisting of 17 verbal pledges to its credit, which includes four early-entrant players already enrolled and taking classes at USC.
Theoretically, that leaves Sark only two available scholarships, although that number is very likely to change, as there are three "soft verbals" included in those pledges. Some may wind up elsewhere, either by their own choice or with a soft "nudge" from the recruiting department.
Because of the limitations of those few available scholarships, Sark is not in a position to pursue a gaggle of high-profile recruits, but no matter what, there are a few who—by hook or by crook—USC must have in this recruiting class.
This slideshow will look at these mega-recruits and explain why they are so needed. In addition, there is a few extra recruits profiled just in case the Trojans fall short with their primary targets.
So, without further delay, here are the guys Sark must land in February...