A gaggle of the nation’s top recruits descended upon Nike Headquarters on Sunday to check into the impending The Opening events that take place this week. Among them, a number of USC’s targets will be in attendance.
In 2012, The Opening was a significant event for the Trojans, as it gave USC’s recruits the opportunity to meet and network together, and to sell others on their commitments to Troy. Linebacker Michael Hutchings spearheaded the effort, becoming one of the pillars of the 2012 class.
In particular, the Trojans are looking at cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, who seems to be favoring the Trojans as well but has yet to make an official decision. Then there’s defensive back Quincy Wilson, who said USC has moved up on his list after taking a visit last week to participate in USC’s Rising Stars Camp. Coach Tee Martin is recruiting Wilson hard, and has a proven record of luring talent out of the south. Wilson plans to officially visit USC later this fall.
There’s also inside linebacker Clifton Garrett, who claims USC in his Top 5 despite having yet to visit the campus. The Trojans have checked him out at a few times during the spring evaluation period, and he too plans to visit USC in the fall.
This time around there is only one already-committed Trojan entering The Opening, offensive guard Toa Lobendahn. Whether or not he can sway cornerback Naijiel Hale to give his allegiance to Troy–as he intends to announce his college choice in the coming weeks– or any of the other targets in attendance has yet to be determined, but the relationships that are built this week could be promising for USC.