USC football recruiting: 5-star prospects the Trojans can steal from odds on favorites

USC football head coach Clay Helton.
USC football head coach Clay Helton. / Harry How/Getty Images
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USC football may be fighting an uphill battle for these major recruiting prospects, but the Trojans can pull off the upset if they play their cards right.

College football recruiting is a zero-sum game. Getting a top prospect means taking him from another program. Losing one means letting another team strengthen.

USC football has had its fair share of wins and losses on the recruiting trail. The fact is, it's better to have competed for a signature and lost than never to have even tried.

Apply that sentiment to the class of 2022 and there are some major prospects out there USC can take a swing at. Who knows, maybe they'll hit a recruiting home run.

These are the five-star studs the Trojans can try to steal away from favored programs over the coming months...

Adoree' Jackson, USC Football
USC football star Adoree' Jackson. / Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

. . Gentry Williams. 519. 5-Star ATH. Booker T. Washington HS, Tulsa, OK. 5. player

Gentry Williams literally does it all. He's a promising dual-threat quarterback and impressive defensive back who is also an Oklahoma state champion in the 200 meters.

Whoever lands Williams will be getting an outstanding athlete who can make an impact all over the field.

Obviously, since he's from Tulsa, Oklahoma has a clear advantage. His mom is an alum. There's a reason six experts in the 247Sports Crystal Ball have already submitted picks in favor of the Sooners.

USC isn't totally out of the race, though. Williams is going to visit the Trojans this summer and Donte Williams is recruiting him. Anything is possible where that recruiting ace is involved. He's already put USC in his Top 6 schools

The fact that Williams has a good relationship with five-star DB commit Domani Jackson is another plus. The Mater Dei star has been working to draw Williams in both on social media and behind the scenes.

Will that be enough to overcome the local draw of Oklahoma? It would be a tough pull for Donte Williams and co, but the full-court press and an impressive visit could do the trick.

THE PITCH: Williams has the chance to be the next Adoree' Jackson, an uber-athlete who contends for national awards at cornerback while competing in track and field. And Norman can't compete with Los Angeles.