USC and UCLA are in the middle of one of the most interesting arms races in college football recruiting.
With the Trojans and Bruins sharing the same recruiting territory, many prospects are going to like both schools until it's time to pick one. A defensive tackle from a high school that mainly sends its studs to USC digs the idea of playing in Westwood. Yet, a defensive end who likes UCLA is watching what's happening in Troy.
California is not the only state that USC and UCLA have their sights set on, as both schools like a 5-star receiver from Arizona.
All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports.
Zach Robertson is a 4-star guard who plays for Southern California powerhouse St. John Bosco. He's a teammate of 5-star quarterback Josh Rosen, who would shock a lot of people if he didn't commit to UCLA on Mar. 20.
However, St. John Bosco also is home to 4-star guard Damien Mama, who signed with USC in February. So, the 6'5", 308-pound Robertson is probably going to be pulled in both directions until he makes up his mind.
Michigan is in the mix, but 247Sports shows USC and UCLA as major players for him.
At 6'3" and 225 pounds, Cameron Smith is a solid 4-star prospect who has the skill set of a 3-4 inside 'backer. He is tough at the point of attack, plus he does a good job of stacking and shedding blocks.
The California native has above-average range, plus he's a step faster than given credit for. His top schools are USC and UCLA, per 247Sports.
While the Bruins will stay on Smith, don't be shocked if he's a Trojan by the start of his senior season at Granite Bay High School.
Orange Lutheran is another strong program in Southern California that produces great talent. Its 2015 output will feature 4-star defensive end Keisean Lucier-South.
At 6'5" and 215 pounds, he is a classic weak-side defensive end whose game is based on winning with speed, quickness and athleticism. He has good range on the edge, but he's at his best when he can shoot upfield at the snap to attack the quarterback.
Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas are in the hunt, but USC and UCLA will have their say, according to 247Sports.
Stanley Norman is a prospect who will need to be evaluated more as the process goes along. He's an athletic defensive back, but sometimes he's sticky out of transition.
That's concerning, which means a move to safety may be in his future. At that position, the 6'0", 172-pounder can take advantage of his vision, instincts and ability to drive on balls in front of him.
Another interesting note is the he has transferred from Culver City High School in Los Angeles to nearby Serra High School.
The latter school sent Marqise Lee, Robert Woods, George Farmer, 2014 5-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson and several others to USC.
Although he's only 175 pounds, Marvell Tell is a physical safety with great vision from the secondary. At 6'2", he quickly locates the ball at the snap and then makes sure whoever gets it knows he's on the field.
Tell, who plays for Crespi High School in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles, needs to keep honing his man-coverage skills. However, he has solid speed and range in zone, plus he flashes great hands.
UCLA, USC and Oregon are the 4-star recruit's top schools, according to 247Sports.
While he will suit up for Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas this fall, 4-star receiver Cordell Broadus is actually from Los Angeles.
Returning home for college is a strong possibility for Broadus, who is the son of hip hop legend Snoop Dogg. USC and UCLA are among his top schools, per 247Sports, and both programs would love to acquire the attention that Broadus' father would bring with him.
As a football player, he is no slouch. He's a 6'2", 195-pound receiver with outstanding speed to get behind cornerbacks and safeties. He needs to refine and sharpen his route running, but Broadus is a playmaker.
With his speed and elusiveness, Christian Kirk is one of the top offensive prospects in the 2015 class. At 5'10" and 195 pounds, he has a more compact frame than most players with his skill set.
From Arizona, the 5-star receiver consistently displays terrific explosiveness with the ball in his hands. He can work on the perimeter and in the slot, plus he can play some running back. The speedster also has excellent value as a returner on special teams.
Rob Cassidy and Adam Gorney of Rivals.com (subscription required) wrote: "Kirk's recruitment could go in a number of different directions at any moment. Therein lies the intrigue."
Rasheem Green is a 5-star defensive tackle who is still discovering how good he is. The 6'5", 275-pounder has a lot of raw talent and athleticism.
He exhibits good strength, but his quickness and ability to maneuver around blocks are what give him a chance to be special. He flashes to the ball in short areas with a sharp burst, plus he is capable of converting speed to power quickly as a rusher.
USC and UCLA are among his top schools, per 247Sports.