Sep 26, 2015; Tempe, AZ, USA; Southern California Trojans linebacker Lamar Dawson (55) against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Thanks to Clancy Pendergast’s 5-2 system, there’s a little more wiggle room to fill the outside linebacker spots with de facto defensive linemen and vice versa. Still, with the nation’s top player Dylan Moses considering the Trojans and a wealth of talent in the class, there will certainly be room to bring on some more weapons for the outside.
On the inside however, USC has some definite need.
Lamar Dawson and Anthony Sarao have gone while Michael Hutchings will graduate after the 2016 season.
There are questions about which positions the likes of Osa Masina and John Houston could fill in the new system. If they slot in as inside linebackers then the Trojans will have a decent number of bodies. If not, reinforcements will certainly be needed.
The nation’s top inside linebacker for 2017, Anthony Hines from Plano Texas, has a USC offer but the Trojans will have a hard time pulling him away from Oklahoma or Texas.