Another week has come and gone at USC, and while a handful of Trojans are looking to make their departure from Troy by way of the 2014 NFL Draft, the next generation is on deck to replace them. The recruiting trail is starting to heat up for the Trojans, so it's going to be an exciting summer as more and more athletes buy into what Steve Sarkisian is selling.
As noted in last week's recruiting roundup, it's still a bit too early to get excited about any commitments, as some will, without a doubt, waiver before next February.
With that said, here's a quick recap of the latest recruiting news at USC, followed by some other tidbits of what's to come in the fall.
USC welcomed Roy Hemsley to the ranks on Tuesday, when the 3-star offensive tackle committed to the Trojans over their rivals, UCLA. He's the fifth commit in the Class of 2015 (Which, for the first time in three seasons, can be the full 25) and the second-straight OL commit. Last week, 5-star OT Chuma Edoga gave his pledge to the Trojans as well.
The 6'6", 280-pound offensive tackle is a big boy and he's still growing. Should he stay aligned with the cardinal and gold, he will be an important asset for the Trojans come next year.
After committing, he spoke glowingly about why he chose the Trojans:
This part. "USC’s coaches made a point of coming to Windward to say hello and watch me play. That really meant a lot to me."— Michael Taylor (@mikeufc) May 6, 2014
This week, USC offered another standout JUCO athlete—3-star defensive end Ulric Jones. The 6'6.5", 283-pound defensive end originally committed to Mississippi State out of high school but ultimately went a different route. Now a standout talent at Butler Community College in Kansas, Jones is rated the No. 9 DE in his state and No. 44 nationally.
Aside from USC, Jones also picked up offers from California and Texas A&M this week.
As previously noted, the Trojans are also pursuing JUCO standout Marquavius Lewis, a 4-star DE also attending a junior college in Kansas.
The Trojans are looking to continue shoring up defensive-line talent this recruiting cycle, and another top prospect has USC high on his list.
4-star defensive tackle Jacob Daniel is reportedly down to two schools, USC and Oregon. The Clovis, Calif. native is ranked the No. 8 prospect at his position and No. 6 overall in California, so a commitment from this 6'4", 310-pound tackle would be a huge early get for the Trojans. Per Rivals.com, a decision from Daniel is expected in the near future.
Daniel has an interesting history with Sarkisian, as he was committed to the Huskies while Sark was still the coach at Washington. That being the case, it's possible that USC has a competitive advantage in terms of earning his verbal pledge this time around.
3-star defensive end Jason Scrempos (Milpitas, Calif) has created a list of his top colleges as of May, and USC made the cut:
While the 6'6", 240-pound prospect is high on the Trojans, he is still waiting on an offer from USC at this time. Other Pac-12 schools like Cal, Arizona, Washington and Washington State have extended him offers, however.
The jury is still out on Scrempos, but Sark and his staff are expressing interest in offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton. The 3-star OT out of Newport (Wash.) is also expected to be pursued by UCLA, in addition to currently holding offers from Washington and Oregon.
One More Thing
While not a recruiting update, there's been a development regarding blue-chip signee Adoree' Jackson. The heralded incoming freshman has been assigned his jersey number for Fall 2014:
#USC incoming freshman Adoree Jackson will wear No. 2, according to Coach Steve Sarkisian— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) May 8, 2014
Jackson discussed his childhood admiration of former Trojan Reggie Bush, and he told Lindsey Thiry of Scout.com that he wouldn't exactly mind getting to be the next No. 5. Even though the number has been unceremoniously brought out of retirement, USC does not seem to have any intention of distributing it just yet.
Do you like Adoree' Jackson at No. 2?
So while he won't get to be the next great No. 5, Jackson will get to carry on the tradition of being a star at No. 2. On either side of the ball, a Trojan donning No. 2 has excelled.
In the past decade, three Trojans—Steve Smith and Robert Woods on offense and Taylor Mays on defense—have earned All-American status while wearing No. 2 on their backs. Smith and Woods developed reputations for themselves as electrifying wideouts that put up crazy numbers, and Mays was a fearsome safety in the Trojan secondary who earned notoriety for bone-crushing hits.
This is a fitting number for Jackson, as he will likely be spending time on both sides of the ball next season.