As the Trojans catch their breath after a sometimes grueling spring practice session, attention turns to the lifeblood of college football, that being recruiting.
And although for some college football recruiting is just an amusing way to pass time while waiting for the games to start, others will tell you it is a study unto itself. So it would seem given the abundance of websites with articles dedicated to all things college football recruiting.
Here is another.
However, this slideshow will depart a bit from what might be expected in terms of those precocious youngsters coveted most by the men of Troy.
After all, everyone who follows the Trojans closely knows that USC is in the game for mega-recruits such as cornerback Iman Marshall, linebacker John Houston and defensive end Rasheem Green, among many others. Great players to be sure but guys who are extensively covered in the media already.
Instead, this piece will look at the next tier of Trojan prospects—players USC has offered but who are not quite considered to be "5-star" guys by the so-called experts.
Nonetheless, great teams are built on the backs of these prospects and while they may not have quite ascended into the rarefied air of "elite status," they aren't too far behind.
And here are six of these guys you should keep your eye on this summer...