SCliff Notes: Trojans 2015 Recruiting Class Could Trump 2014’s and More USC Football News


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Could this recruiting class trump last years’? Given what we know about the impact the players involved in 2014’s big finish, it would take something special to beat that group.

After all, the trio of JuJu Smith, Adoree’ Jackson and Damien Mama, who made Signing Day a raucous party for the Trojans, wasted no time in making waves on the field as freshman. All three earned starting berths at one point or another, Smith entrenched himself as one of the Trojans top receivers and Jackson’s three-way contributions earned him mountains of worthy praise.

As it stands now, the Trojans are poised for an even bigger finish in 2015. That’s because this class of 25 has even more room for impact players at the level of 2014’s big three. The 2015 class has a big five.

Osa Masina’s commitment on Friday was the first big domino to fall, but four others await the four remaining spots.

If USC secures the signatures of cornerback Iman Marshall, defensive lineman Rasheem Green, and linebackers Porter Gustin and John Houston, the 2015 class will have reached epic proportions.

The crazy part is those heights appear well within reach, as the Trojans sit in pole position for all for.

In Other News…

  • Skeptical about all the hype already surrounding USC’s 2015 season? Ted Miller breaks down why the talk is mostly deserved in his latest mailbag. (ESPN Pac-12 Blog)
  • There are few things more enjoyable than checking out all the outrageous recruiting pitches that get tossed out around this time of year. Unsurprisingly, USC offered a pretty memorable one involving business cards, as explained by Matt Lombardi. (College Spun)
  • It didn’t take long for Taeon Mason to pick he new school after decommitting from USC. The three-star cornerback is now a Cougar. (Coug Center)
  • Leonard Williams was recognized as the No. 4 player in the Pac-12 in 2014 by ESPN’s Chantel Jennings. (ESPN Pac-12 Blog)
  • In case you missed it last week, Michael Lev had an exclusive interview with Pat Haden. He may not agree about the “total success” that Sarkisian claims of 2014, but he does think USC’s trajectory is heading in the right direction. (OC Register)
  • Since Lane Kiffin and USC will never stop being associated, there’s the news that Kiffin will be sticking around for another season at Alabama. (LA Times)
  • Jake Davidson lays out why USC’s 2015 recruiting class will be among the best in the nation. (Daily Trojan)
  • A big reason for that assessment of USC’s class is the commitment of linebacker Osa Masina last week. Tyler Donahue says the five-star has a big future with the Trojans. (Bleacher Report)
  • Andrew McKagan takes it a step forward and argues that Masina might be the best USC linebacker in recent memory. (Conquest Chronicles)
  • For a bit of Trojan basketball, Jordan Moore has 3-points from the Trojans’s 59-55 loss to Oregon State over the weekend. (RipsIt Blog)

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