USC football recruiting is in full swing for 2015, with three running back commits set to reinforce the thinned Trojan backfield.
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The men of Troy feature just two scholarship running backs on the current roster.
Tre Madden, a redshirt senior, missed all of 2014 with a toe injury and has a long history of injury concerns.
Justin Davis, a junior, played second fiddle to Buck Allen in 2014 but looks primed for an increased role going forward.
Outside of the scholarship picture, redshirt freshman walk-on James Toland IV is a capable option.
So what can the 2015 recruiting class add at running back?
Ronald Jones II is a four-star out of McKinney, Texas and the big fish in USC’s running back class. The No. 4 running back in the country according to 247Sports composite average, Jones ripped off a tantalizing touchdown run in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to wet Trojan fans’ appetites shortly after committing.
Dominic Davis, a three-star out of Alemany, offers the versatility to thrive just about anywhere on the field. Davis may be small, but he has speed to burn and the hands of a receiver.
Jan 2, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highlight wide running back Ronald Jones II (24) runs on to the field during the introductions at the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Aca’Cedric Ware, the three-star from Cedar Hill, Texas, comes in as less heralded than Jones and Davis but has the build to develop into a reliable option.
Who Could Be In?
No one. With three running backs already committed, the Trojans are set at the position this year.
Though he may have never been a real prospect, the name alone is reason to Javarius Davis, a three-star from Florida who got an offer over the summer but it set to choose between Auburn and Florida.
USC is notably thin at running back for 2015 after the loss of Javorius “Buck” Allen to the NFL, so it would be no surprise to see one of the three incoming freshman to contribute early.
Jones can be penciled in as the most likely target to supplement Justin Davis and Tre Madden, who will duke it out for the top spot on the depth chart. If Madden’s injury issues continue and Davis does not progress as expected, he could even have an opportunity to force his way to the top of the pile.
Ware and Davis are less likely to see time early, though Davis’ ability to catch the ball out of the back field could be used in certain situations.