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USC Football Recruiting: 5 Needs to Address in the 2017 Class

Feb 11, 2016, 9:51 AM EST
Mar 3, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterbacks Cody Kessler (6) and Max Browne (4) at spring practice at Cromwell Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 3, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterbacks Cody Kessler (6) and Max Browne (4) at spring practice at Cromwell Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Mar 3, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterbacks Cody Kessler (6) and Max Browne (4) at spring practice at Cromwell Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

USC football’s 2016 recruiting class filled plenty of needs, but there remain big holes to be addressed in the 2017 recruiting cycle.

Despite a coaching change and tough end to the 2015 season, USC football rallied for a Top 10 recruiting class in 2016. With stability on the rise on the program, Clay Helton and company will be looking to use the next year to bring in an even better haul.

Here’s a look at five positions that need reinforcements in 2017:

Quarterback

Even though USC added Matt Fink in 2016 and have the commitment of 2018 quarterback Matt Corral, it is imperative that the Trojans cash in on a strong 2017 quarterback class.

Though Max Browne has two years of eligibility remaining, he could pull a Mark Sanchez and depart for the NFL with a strong enough 2016 campaign under his belt. That would leave USC with two scholarship quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Fink.

USC took a run at five-star Bishop Gorman quarterback Tate Martell last year but he ultimately committed to Texas A&M. Now the attention is on four-star Hawaii prospect Tua Tagovailoa.

The Trojans will be in a tough battle with Oregon to land the second-coming of Marcus Mariota but there is an established relationship between Tagovailoa and the hold-over coaching staff which could help USC’s case, especially since the Ducks lost offensive coordinator Scott Frost this offseason.

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