UPDATE: Greg Biggins reports defensive lineman Kahlil McKenzie (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) has also received a scholarship offer and that athlete Taeon Mason (Pasadena, Calif./Muir) has committed to USC. McKenzie and Mason are both members of the 2015 class.
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2014 National Signing Day may be rapidly approaching but Steve Sarkisian and the coaching is also using the weekend to host several recruits on unofficial visits from the 2014 and 2015 classes.
As part of the visits, multiple 2015 prospects are claiming scholarship offers from the Trojans.
The five 2015 prep players who received offers on Saturday are:
- Four-star wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown (Anaheim, Calif./Servite)
- Four-star defensive tackle Jacob Daniel (Fresno, Calif./Clovis North)
- Four-star cornerback Dechaun Holiday (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills)
- Four-star cornerback Isaiah Langley (Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill)
- Four-star linebacker Cameron Smith (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay)
One of the more intriguing prospects to land an offer is Daniel. The 6-5, 300-pound mammoth already holds over 20 scholarship offers, including offers from Oklahoma, Oregon and UCLA.
With the Trojans only holding one commit for the 2014 class from an interior defensive lineman (Claude Pelon), Daniel could hold an important role in the 2015 class.
Leonard Williams is a likely candidate to head to the NFL following his junior season in 2014, which would leave a void at the position.
Daniel is rated the No. 9 player at his position by Rivals and was committed to Sarkisian while he was the Washington head coach.
With no 2014 linebackers currently in the fold, the position will likely be a point of emphasis in 2015 — much like the defensive back and offensive line positions have been for 2014.
Smith is rated the No. 4 inside linebacker by Rivals and while he may not hold the same number of scholarships as Daniel, he could be just as important for the Trojans to sign.
Langley’s offer may come as a bit of a surprise considering the number of cornerbacks that are set to become Trojans on Feb. 5, but this may be a case of Langley being too good of a talent to overlook.
That same train of thought can likely also be applied to Holiday. The 6-2 cornerback is rated No. 22 at the position by Rivals and he holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Washington and Washington State, among others.
At 6-4 St. Brown is an intriguing big body that could provide the physical presence out wide that the Trojans have lacked since Mike Williams and Dwayne Jarrett.
One common theme among the newly offered recruits is all but St. Brown have received scholarship offers from the Bruins.
The Bruins and Trojans are currently in a battle for 2014 five-star athlete Adoree’ Jackson (Garden, Calif./Junipero Serra) and it appears the two universities will carry that over into 2015.
The Trojans will have the full allotment of scholarships available in 2015, which will be key given the plethora of talent out West.