USC football recruits as well as anyone in the nation, having the ability to get players from talent-rich California as well as hauling in a bevy of talent from the depths of SEC country.
Since Pete Carroll left in 2010, the Trojans have signed 14 players from states with an SEC school.
That’s a trend that only looks to continue. Just this month, USC has secured a pair of wide receiver commitments in Velus Jones and Josh Imatorbhebhe from Alabama and Georgia, respectively.
What is it about the Trojans that have given them the ability to recruit not only across the country, but in what’s become the breadbasket college football?
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It’s not the weather or USC’s stature as a national power, considering SEC schools offer much of what they are selling recruits.
Since 2010, it’s been the Trojans’ coaching staff that has played a pivotal role in establishing pipelines in southern states like Florida.
Monte Kiffin won a Super Bowl as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator. Tee Martin led Tennessee to a national championship in 1998.
Justin Wilcox coached at Tennessee and Ed Orgeron was and still is the epitome of southern football.
Not to mention that both Orgeron and Martin have received accolades from recruiting services for their ability to recruit.
Add it all up, and in the last six classes, USC has gone into the South to get All-Americans, first round NFL Draft picks and freshman standouts. And that’s even with a few misses, like Florida State’s all-everything safety Jalen Ramsey.
Let’s walk through memory lane with a look at the 14 Trojans who put on USC caps from deep in the heart of SEC country.