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):
|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):
|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.