The USC Football recruiting plan for 2019 should already be taking shape, with the Trojans needing reinforcements in the trenches and more.
USC football just wrapped up the 2018 recruiting class last week, but it’s never too early to look ahead to the next year’s Signing Day.
The Trojans have locked in five consecutive Top 10 classes, so expectations for the coming year’s recruiting efforts should remain just as ambitious.
Here are five areas USC needs to tackle in the 2019 recruiting class:
USC has 17 scholarship offensive linemen on the roster after adding two big men in the class of 2018, but that doesn’t mean they can take a break recruiting the position.
In particular, the Trojans still need to target offensive tackles.
That may seem strange considering four tackles joined up in 2017, and USC’s depth chart at guard only includes two underclassmen. However, Neil Callaway’s offensive line recruiting has favored versatile linemen. That means all of those tackles can also function as guards. In fact, for most, like Andrew Vorhees, that may be their ultimate home.
USC made a run at five-star offensive lineman Jackson Carman, but he ultimately signed with Clemson. That left Liam Douglass as the only tackle in the class, and he is a developmental project who won’t see the field for years to come.
The Trojans could afford not to stock up on tackles in 2018 because they’ll have opportunity to do so in 2019. They already have offers out to California four-stars Jonah Tauanu’u and Sean Rhyan, both Top 100 players for next year.