USC Football Recruiting: 10 Recruits to Watch For in 2018 Class

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Mar 8, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans coach Clay Helton during spring practice at Howard Jones Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 8, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans coach Clay Helton during spring practice at Howard Jones Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

A maxed out roster means the Trojans will have to do more with less as they look to fill out the 2018 USC football recruiting class but there are plenty of big prospects to pursue.

Clay Helton’s 2018 USC football recruiting class will have 24 allotted scholarships when accounting for the blueshirt signing of offensive lineman Jalen McKenzie. But with the Trojans hovering right over the 85-man roster limit, there likely won’t be that many players brought in on Signing Day.

Look for USC to add between 17 and 20 recruits, making each ride that much more important.

There will fewer slots for the coaching staff to take chances on long term projects, and high-end blue-chip prospects tied to national powers are set to make the Trojans work for each signing.

Let’s run down 10 key names you’ll want to become familiar with…

Jalen Hall

★★★★★ Wide Receiver | Los Angeles, CA (Hawkins HS)

What he brings to the table: Hall is a five-star prospect for a reason. Standing 6-foot-4 with break away speed and the athleticism to cut through defenses, California’s top-rated prospect would give USC another elite receiver to build around from Day 1.

How he would fit USC’s needs: USC loaded up on receivers in the 2016 class, but those players will be nearing NFL eligibility when Hall is getting ready to sign his LOI. That means the Trojans won’t have any qualms about taking another WR this year, especially one as highly touted as Hall.

Why USC has a chance: It’ll be easy to overstate the Hawkins pipeline, but perhaps not with Hall. He’s been on USC’s campus multiple times alongside 2017 signees Joseph Lewis and Greg Johnson, and has been active in Twitter conversations with Trojan players like Iman Marshall. All told, it’s no secret he’s No. 1.

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