It’s business a usual for USC on the recruiting trail. It seems whatever player USC wants, it has a very good chance of getting. But Oregon and UCLA are still going strong as well as we approach National Signing Day on Wednesday.
USC has put together far and beyond the best class in the PAc-12 so far with an astounding 17 four-star players committed to the Trojans and more potentially on the way in the coming days. By comparison, Oregon, Stanford and Arizona State have combined for 17 four-star players according to Rivals. Has USC awakened from a slumber, or are the Trojans setting themselves up for disappointment down the road?
Current Rivals Pac-12 Team Rankings (as of February 1, 2015)
4. Arizona State
8. Washington State
12. Oregon State
The Top Recruit
QB Josh Rosen (Bellflower, CA): UCLA
USC may have the top-ranked class among Pac-12 schools, but UCLA has the top recruit. Quarterback Josh Rosen is the nation’s top-ranked quarterback and the second top recruit in the nation according to Rivals. With Brett Hundley moving on to the NFL, the addition of Rosen is significant for Jim Mora and the Bruins. Will we see Rosen, a pro-style passer, thrown right into the fire in 2015? Probably not, at least not at first. But this is a nice addition for the Bruins.
Recruiting Battle To Watch
Long Beach cornerback recruit Iman Marshall is probably likely to stay on the west coast. In addition to Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame and Michigan making a pitch for his recruitment, Marshall also has USC, UCLA and Oregon doing battle. The five-star recruit is the top cornerback in the Class of 2015. If he goes anywhere but USC or UCLA, it should probably be considered a surprise.
USC getting back to full strength
Even when serving sanctions with reduced scholarship limitations, USC was pulling in terrific talent. No matter the situation, USC always was a destination for good talent, especially in the state of California and on the west coast. That has not changed, nor does it show any signs of changing in the future. With sanctions now behind them, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian has put together another great class in the Pac-12, fending off rivals like UCLA and Oregon in the process. USC will have plenty of talent and should start making a run in the Pac-12 South if that talent is developed to its full potential. With Arizona and Arizona State lagging behind, USC’s return to glory may not be far away.