The Trojans coaching staff turns its attention to recruiting now that spring practices have been put to bed, and already USC is busy assembling the future of USC. With miles to go on the recruiting trial, Steve Sarkisian and his staff are using this offseason to woo top 2015 talent with the hopes of further impressing those recruits during the impending football season. While it's true that commitments this year don't always amount to much, it's always a good sign when a coach is able to shore up blue-chip recruits without having coached any games yet.
Here's a rundown of what's happening for the Trojans on the recruiting front, and what to expect going forward.
5-star QB Ricky Town
5-star OT Chuma Edoga
3-star CB Taeon Mason
3-star QB David Sills
David Sills is USC's longest-standing commit, dating back to when former head coach Lane Kiffin extended him an offer in 2010. His commitment hadn't wavered until Sarkisian brought Ricky Town into the mix in January. The St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) quarterback's presence in the group almost certainly means Sills will decommit as recruiting season heats up later in the year, but for now, the Trojans have two quarterbacks on deck.
Chuma Edoga is USC's newest commit, and already he's a pretty exciting prospect. Plucked right out of SEC country, Edoga is considered the fourth-best offensive tackle in his class. His courtship from USC suggests Sark is still trying to ensure the Trojans have a stout offensive line going forward.
The Georgia native discussed with ESPN why he decided on the Trojans:
I committed to USC. I feel like I can get the best of both worlds by going to USC. First with football and then with their academics. I have a great relationship with coach [Tee] Martin and coach [Tim] Drevno. They are all pretty cool guys—real laid back. They really love the game of football and they are focused on what is best for me, they want to make me the best man I can be—just real genuine guys.
Top California Targets*
4-star WR Equanimeous St. Brown
5-star LB John Houston Jr.
5-star DT Rasheem Green
5-star DE Keisean Lucier-South
5-star CB Iman "Biggie" Marshall
Equanimeous St. Brown recently picked up an offer from UCLA, so the Trojans and their rivals will go head-to-head for his commitment later this year. St. Brown also has some interest in out-of-state schools, like Notre Dame.
John Houston Jr. could be considered a Trojan lean at this point, as he recently donned USC sleeves during a 7-on-7 passing league tournament.
Pac-12 schools like Stanford and Oregon are keen on Rasheem Green, and he recently spoke favorably about his visit to each school. He wasn't able to go to USC's spring game, but the Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.) defensive tackle got a visit from Coach Tee Martin earlier this week. Because USC has an active pipeline to Serra, he is another name to look out for in the coming months as a Trojan lean.
An elite pass-rusher, Keisean Lucier-South is a recruit that is high on the Trojans' list. The coaches visited him at his school in April, and he received a personalized tour of USC's campus before the spring game. Schools like UCLA, Michigan and Notre Dame are also vying for his attention.
Biggie Marshall attended both USC and UCLA's spring games, and he will also be at the center of a local battle between the Trojans and Bruins. He's already a household name in Los Angeles, and his commitment to USC would be a huge gain.
Top Out-of-State Targets*
4-star OT Andre James
4-star WR Cordell Broadus
4-star DE Marquavius Lewis
4-star OLB/DE Porter Gustin
Andre James (Herriman, Utah) is considered the third-best offensive tackle in Utah and is rated No. 22 overall in his class. USC just offered him this week, and he also holds offers from Oregon and Washington. He visited USC in March, and a commitment from him would ensure a strong O-line presence in the years to come. Sark has been hard at work trying to build an O-line that can bring back the glory days of USC's power run game, and James is the kind of athlete that can help make that happen.
The son of longtime USC fan and international rap legend Snoop Dogg, Cordell Broadus (Bishop Gorman, Nev.) is a wide receiver target the Trojans want to lock down. UCLA is also vying for his commitment, in an effort to convert the Broadus clan into Bruin fans.
USC's coaching staff has mined gold recently on the JUCO front, bringing in studs like Morgan Breslin and turning them into gems on Saturdays. Marquavius Lewis (Hutchinson C.C., Kan.) would be no exception. The 4-star DE is likely to end up at an SEC school, but it would be huge if the Trojans could sway him to the West Coast.
Also from Utah, Porter Gustin is a promising linebacker target getting a lot of looks from Pac-12 schools. Right now, he's high on the Trojans and would be a great addition to the linebacking corps.
Sarkisian has made great strides to restore some of the Pete Carroll flair to USC, namely, being open to the media and interacting with fans on a regular basis. USC's sanctions are lifted on June 9, and things could become more and more open as the year goes on. That said, the athletic department in Troy has announced that this summer's training camps (like Rising Stars) will continue to be closed to the media and the public.
No reason was given for continuing to keep the camps closed, nor have they indicated whether the media will have access to fall camp.
*This is just a short list of the Trojans' top targets for 2015. As the offseason continues, new targets will be introduced in weekly roundups.