Projecting USC Football's depth chart ahead of spring ball

Evan Desai
Dec 29, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Travis Dye, USC Football
Dec 29, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Travis Dye, USC Football / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Xavion Alford, USC Football
Sep 18, 2021; Pullman, Washington, USA; Xavion Alford, USC Football / James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

USC Football's spring football program begins Tuesday, and it's going to be a more important spring than any spring ball SC's had in many years. There's a lot of excitement for it. Heck, the Trojans' spring game is going to be broadcasted on ESPN--the only spring game to be broadcasted there.

With a new coaching staff in place, this group needs to gain as much familiarity with these players as possible. Besides, the roster is going to look completely different than what we had last year. That's why I'm going to go through the depth chart with you and give you a guide to what the roster really looks like.

Of course, SC's official depth chart is by no means set for the season, but my projections are for what the depth chart realistically will look like once spring practice gets going. Starting with the best position group on Defense, the depth chart as we enter spring looks like this:

USC Football's 2022 Defensive Back depth chart ahead of spring football

USC Football's 2022 Cornerback depth chart ahead of spring football

CB1: Mekhi Blackmon

CB2: Domani Jackson

CB3: Latrell McCutchin

CB4: Joshua Jackson Jr.

CB5: Prophet Brown

CB6: Ceyair Wright

CB7: Adonis Otey

USC Football's 2022 Safety depth chart ahead of spring football

FS1: Calen Bullock

SS1: Xavion Alford

FS2: Anthony Beavers Jr.

SS2: Chris Thompson Jr.

FS3: Xamarion Gordon

SS3: Zion Branch

USC Football's 2022 Nickelback depth chart ahead of spring football

NB1: Max Williams

NB2: Jaylin Smith

NB3: Briton Allen

As far as the corners go, SC is going to need the experience and proven productivity from ex-Colorado captain and new Trojan transfer Blackmon as CB1. They also will surely find a way to put No. 5 recruit in the entire country (all recruiting ratings and rankings in article are as of 247Sports) Domani Jackson on the field to make sure they utilize and maximize his talent/physicality combo.

Williams will be the No. 1 nickel corner for the team, as he would have received significant playing time and performed well last year if not for his season-ending knee injury. Bullock can play corner, but he fits better with this group as a safety. He'll look to build off of some impressive flashes of promise he showed last year, and SC fans can continue to expect quality play from Alford as the starting strong safety.