With spring practice now in the rearview mirror and fall practice on the horizon, those who follow college football will turn their attention to recruiting and the relationships that coaches hope will translate into signatures on letters of intent in February.
For the USC Trojans, that process recently produced a verbal commitment from Scout.com 4-star offensive lineman Chuma Edoga—a player coveted by programs throughout the country.
Now head coach Steve Sarkisian and his recruiting staff hopes to build on the momentum of the Edoga verbal as they look to craft a 2015 class that finally has a full complement of scholarships to offer after three years of reductions due to NCAA sanctions.
This slideshow will look at five defensive ends that the Trojans would love to land on national signing day.
Though it is certain that most of these players will ply their trade somewhere else, here are the top defensive ends on USC's wish list.
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