Ten key recruiting targets the next USC coach needs to land

With Helton clay at USC, interim coach Donte Williams and his staff will have a lot of time and work to do to keep elite prospects in the Trojan recruiting class and the new trainer will have priority goals that USC needs to lock in in 2022 and beyond. Here’s a look at 10 of the most important perspectives.

Santa Ana, Calif. Mater Dei has been successful for USC in recent years and Bailey is one of those players that current and potentially new Trojans staff cannot let out of town. The Four Star is an exceptional, long, physical, and lanky on-board rusher that does its best when blitzing the rim or playing in space. Washington and many others are involved, but the feeling is that it remains in the Pac-12 and that USC must complete it.

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USC has long been a favorite for Barnes, but other schools have sprung up including the state of Florida. Still, the four-star Las Vegas, Nev. Desert Pines backer has long loved the Trojans, sees an opportunity in the USC backfield and he has the physical presence to make an early contribution. He has been to campus several times and there is certainly great interest.

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Branch’s dream school growing up was USC and that’s important, but that’s just a consideration because the state of Ohio in particular, but also Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma are fighting for four-star security. His relationship with Williams could win out here, but if a new head coach decides not to keep him on staff, the Trojans will have a harder time. Whatever happens, it will also be important for Branch’s brother, Zachariah, who is a four-star catcher in the 2023 class.

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Keeping Brown in the USC class is imperative because even after moving up to No. 48 nationally, the Draper, Utah star Corner Canyon still might not get the respect he deserves. Brown, from Arizona, had an outstanding performance in the Elite 11 this summer and then exploded on the stats sheet to start his senior year. Brown could be the Trojans’ next star quarterback, so keeping him locked up is crucial.

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An interesting speech is going to take place over the next couple of years as right now Arch Manning and Oklahoma engage Malachi Nelson are both five-star quarterbacks but Detroit (Michigan) Martin Luther King’s Dante Moore could be in the discussion and Iamaleava is gone for a phenomenal start to this season too. The four-star top already has an offering from USC, he’s all 6-foot-6 and is a dynamic playmaker with a background in volleyball and he has plenty of throws of highlights so far this season. The primary target now in USC’s 2023 quarterback class, UCLA and others are also fighting, but the Trojans must lock him up.

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Jackson continues to be steadfast in his commitment to USC and I’ve been told as long as Donte Williams stays with the squad that the five-star cornerback will most likely stay with the Trojans. It will get even more interesting once we figure out who gets the full-time job, but Jackson certainly had a fantastic visit to Michigan last weekend with his five-star friend and colleague Will Johnson and Alabama pushes. also.

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Originally from Germany and now playing at Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita Catholic, Kanu is not beholden to a certain area of ​​the country to play his college football, but USC recruited him hard and he has been interested ever since. at least a year. The 6-foot-5, 293-pound Kanu is bigger than most West Coast defensive linemen and that’s why Ohio State, Texas A&M, Alabama and others show so much interest. It might be difficult to keep him at USC, but new staff should make him a top priority from day one.

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USC, Ohio State and others continue to actively pursue the 2023 four-star defensive end who performed well against the huge East St. Louis offensive line last weekend and became one of the best players in his class. Word is that Uiagalelei is very fond of Trojans and they could be one of the leaders in his recruiting even after the news from Helton. That being the case, Williams and his staff, and then the new staff, must lock Uiagalelei up and build around him in Class 2023.

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It would make sense for Tulsa, Okla. Four-star cornerback Booker T. Washington to pick Oklahoma. Arkansas is also a very real competitor. But USC also intrigued him, his relationship with Williams and the others is certainly an important consideration and it wouldn’t be shocking if the Trojans won out in his recruiting. But with the head coach’s uncertain future, USC must do everything possible now to keep the four-star very interested, especially with more settled situations involved in his recruiting as well.

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Williams came, he saw, he got involved. Columbus (Ga.) Five-star defensive end Hardaway visited USC in early summer and basically committed a few days later to the Trojans over many of the SEC’s powers. Well Georgia and many others haven’t given up on recruiting Williams and now, with Helton and the change coming, with Williams living over 2,000 miles away, he could be a perfect candidate for another school. to choose. USC needs to make the qualified defensive end a top priority for Williams and his staff in everything that happens next to the head coach.

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