Projecting USC Football's depth chart ahead of spring ball
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.