Biggest Takeaways from USC's Recruits at The Opening

Kyle KensingContributor IJuly 11, 2014

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USC has been touted as Quarterback U and Linebacker U, but if The Opening is any indication, it may be building toward becoming Defensive Back U in the near future. 

Isaiah Langley announced his pledge to the Trojans this week, scoring another impressive recruiting victory for head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff for 2015. The 4-star cornerback and wide receiver from Foothill High School in Pleasanton, California, made it official on Tuesday. 

Langley detailed the process of his commitment to B/R's Tyler Donohue, telling him former Stanford standout and current Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman was in exclusive company as one of a limited few privy to Langley's decision ahead of time.  

Sherman's certainly not a bad associate for an up-and-coming defensive back. 

Langley was paired with 5-star cornerback and USC target Iman Marshall on Team Vapor Carbon. Marshall, a standout from perennial Southern California powerhouse Long Beach Poly, also has interest from Stanford, LSU and Notre Dame. 

But joining Team Vapor Carbon teammate Langley at USC, and reuniting with former prep teammate John "JuJu" Smith, just might give the Trojans the Pac-12's version of the no-fly zone. 

USC is also in play for 4-star safety Marvell Tell. Tell posted an impressive 125.16 SPARQ score, 16th-best overall among all participants at The Opening.

A local product out of Encino's Crespi High School, Tell has both USC and UCLA in his top three, per Erik C. Anderson of The OregonianTexas A&M rounds out his leading suitors. 

One highlight from USC's impressive triad of defensive back recruits was a Marshall interception of UCLA-committed 5-star quarterback Josh Rosen—a sight Trojans fans certainly wouldn't mind seeing in the future.


Painting the Town Cardinal and Gold  

Ricky Town, the Trojans' 5-star prospect from St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, California, finished No. 8 in the Elite 11 quarterback competition. 

But Town wowed in seven-on-seven action, including a stretch of six straight touchdown passes on Thursday. As's Scott Kennedy notes, one of Town's touchdown strikes went to 4-star running back Soso Jamabo. The Trojans extended an offer to Jamabo last month, per's Ryan Abraham.  

 B/R's Michael Felder touted Town's "great accuracy." 


Chuma Edoga makes Final 5

Offensive tackle Chuma Edoga, the Trojans' other committed 5-star prospect in the 2015 class, added another impressive five to his resume. He ranked in The Opening's Final 5 for top offensive linemen on both Wednesday and Thursday. 

USC offensive line coach Tim Drevno has an NFL background, having previously worked with the San Francisco 49ers. Edoga told's Bryan Fischer he recognized those credentials, which helped in the Powder Springs, Georgia, prospect's decision to become a Trojan: 

That was a big factor, just knowing that USC always puts tackles in the league. That was a big part of the pitch from coach Sarkisian and coach Drevno. It's great to know they have the most players in the NFL and if you go to USC, you're going to make it to the NFL most likely.


Recruiting news and information culled from composite scores.