Mar 11, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans receiver Nelson Agholor (15) catches a pass at spring practice at Howard Jones Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

USC Football Recruiting: Class of 2012 Commitments

USC football recruiting finished strong in 2012 on Signing Day, as the Trojans finished ranked 8th in the nation by Rivals despite sanctions that limited the class to 15 scholarships.

First, USC picked up some top recruits in Nelson Agholor, a wide receiver out of Florida, as well as Leonard Williams, also a Florida native. In the days leading up to Signing Day, word got out the USC might snag Agholor from the Florida Gators and that came to fruition, but Williams was a complete surprise to most.

The Trojans also brought in the nation’s fourth-best tight end, Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, who is poised to be another big time playmakers for USC’s stacked offense. From there, USC was on a roll, signing top-rated offensive lineman Zach Banner, Max Tuerk, and Jordan Simmons.

For all the good that Signing Day brought the Trojans, there were still some blemishes on the day.

Late in the afternoon, USC missed on offensive tackles Kyle Murphy, Kyle Dodson and Andrus Peat, quarterback Cyler Miles, and defensive tackle Aziz Shittu. >>Read more

The 2012 USC Football Recruiting Class

Head Coach: Lane Kiffin
Average Star Rating: 4.07*
National Class Ranking:


Signed Early Enrollees (4):

Name Pos Rating HT/WT Location
Morgan Breslin DE ★★★★ 6-3/245 Pleasant Hill, CA
Gerald Bowman S ★★★★ 6-1/210 Philadelphia, PA
Scott Starr LB ★★★★ 6-3/225 Norco, CA
Chad Wheeler DE/OL ★★★ 6-6/260 Santa Monica, CA


Signed on Signing Day (12):

Name Pos Rating HT/WT Location
Nelson Agholor WR ★★★★★ 6-2/180 Tampa, FL
Zach Banner OL ★★★★★ 6-9/310 Lakewood, WA
Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick TE ★★★★ 6-5/250 Rocklin, CA
Jahleel Pinner FB ★★★ 6-1/225 Mission Viejo, CA
Darreus Rogers WR ★★★★ 6-2/194 Carson, CA
Jabari Ruffin LB ★★★★ 6-4/230 Downey, CA
Kevon Seymour DB ★★★★ 6-0/180 Pasadena, CA
Devian Shelton DB ★★★★ 6-1/185 Inglewood, CA
Jordan Simmons OL ★★★★★ 6-5/333 Encino, CA
Max Tuerk OL ★★★★ 6-6/294 Santa Margarita, CA
Leonard Williams DE ★★★★ 6-5/264 Daytona Beach, FL

* Ratings derived from Rivals.