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USC enjoyed a late surge during the final stages of the 2014 recruiting cycle, securing an impressive incoming class just months after new head coach Steve Sarkisian accepted the position. His hiring punctuated a tumultuous 2013 campaign for the Trojans, who fired Lane Kiffin early last season.
The program is now recruiting prospects who spent the early portions of their childhood watching the likes of Matt Leinart, Mike Williams and Reggie Bush dominate college football. USC is primed to recover from an era defined by scholarship sanctions and return to an era when the program competed for America's premier prospects on an annual basis.
The Trojans remain on the upswing in this new cycle.
USC flipped top-ranked quarterback Ricky Town from Alabama. The Ventura, Calif., native is rated No. 1 overall among all 2015 recruits in 247Sports rankings.
"I chose USC because of the tradition, the academics and the incredible coaching staff," Town told 247Sports reporter Scott Schrader. "This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of something really special."
We've seen several special recruiting classes start with an exemplary passer, and there's an early indication that could be the case for Sarkisian and company.