In August 2012, the USC football recruiting class was ranked as the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, but once the dust cleared from the string of de-commitments, the Trojans saw that ranking tumble. Late losses of guys like defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes and cornerback Jalen Ramsey hurt tremendously, and the Kylie Fitts fiasco didn’t help things either.
By January 2013 however, USC welcomed a stacked selection of early enrollees, new Trojans immediately poised to make an impact. And on Signing Day, they followed that up by closing the rest of the commits that had been on board since last summer, and even lured uncommitted linebacker Quinton Powell out of Florida to the West coast.
When the fax machines stopped whirring, USC signed a total of 12 guys, including the early enrollees and finished with the No. 13 class in the nation. The dozen that USC secured are all ESPN Top 300 guys, and five of them are five-star talent.
The Trojans signed more five star athletes than any individual team save Alabama, and have arguably the best crop of just 12 athletes. When you considered the scholarship limitations USC had to deal with and the struggles that brought, Lane Kiffin and his staff did a great job. >>Read More
2013 USC Football Recruiting Class:
Head Coach: Lane Kiffin
Average Star Rating: 4.42* (1st)
National Class Ranking:
Signed Early Enrollees (6):
|Kenny Bigelow||DT||★★★★★||6-3/295||Elkton, MD|
|Max Browne||QB||★★★★★||6-5/215||Sammamish, WA|
|Su’a Cravens||DB||★★★★★||6-1/205||Murrieta, CA|
|Justin Davis||RB||★★★★||6-1/194||Stockton, CA|
|Chris Hawkins||DB||★★★★||5-11/170||R. Cucamonga, CA|
|Leon McQuay III||S||★★★★★||6-2/185||Seffner, FL|
Signed on Signing Day (6):
|Nico Falah||OL||★★★★||6-4/267||Bellflower, CA|
|Michael Hutchings||LB||★★★★||6-2/210||Concord, CA|
|Ty Isaac||RB||★★★★★||6-1/215||Joliet, IL|
|Steven Mitchell||WR||★★★★||5-10/176||Mission Hills, CA|
|Quinton Powell||LB||★★★★||6-2/190||Daytona Beach, FL|
|Khaliel Rodgers||OL||★★★★||6-3/300||Elkton, MD|
* Ratings derived from Rivals.