The USC Trojans have often been regarded as one of the best recruiting schools in all of college football, and their success on the field has been reflective of that.
According to Rivals.com, from 2002-2008, USC has had a recruiting class ranked in the top 10 all but one year, including three years in which they were considered to have the best class in the nation.
However, one of the limitations of the ranking system is that it doesn't take into account how players perform when they get to school.
Often times, players who are considered "five star" recruits don't live up to that title in their time in college, and players who are "three stars" end up having a large impact.
With that said, here are are how the recruiting classes from 2002-2008 would be ranked if you take into account their performance on the field at USC.
*list doesn't include 2009-2011 because many of those players have not had the opportunity to play because of red shirt years and injuries*
*list starts at 2002 rather than 2000 because the previous two recruiting classes were not as highly ranked as the classes from 2002 on*