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More offers from USC, and Trojans make another top list

They say, “write what you know,” and with this USC coaching staff that advice looks like it extends to recruiting as well. Because this staff knows Texas, and they are recruiting it hard.

Days after landing one of Texas’ top tailback prospects in Brandon Campbell (Katy, Texas/Katy), the Trojans tossed out another handful of offers in the state.

Defensive end Landon Jackson (Texarkana, Texas/Pleasant Grove) added an offer from USC. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive lineman is the nation’s No. 70 overall prospect and already holds big-time national offers from Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Texas A&M and others.

Campbell is going to be a strong, vocal leader for USC in this recruiting class and Jackson’s offer was something he noticed immediately.

The other four Texas offers went out to 2022 prospects, as USC coaches continue to build strong relationships with that group.

USC continues to recruit the tight end position hard and should be able to pitch playing time to the next couple classes, as the Trojans will lose seniors Josh Falo, Erik Krommenhoek and Daniel Imatorbhebhe off of the 2020 roster. On Monday, standout tight end prospects Trent McGaughey (Pearland, Texas/Shadow Creek) and Donovan Green (Dickinson, Texas/Dickinson) added offers. Green and McGaughey are the nation’s Nos. 1 and 9 tight ends, respectively, and both already hold some big offers, with Auburn, Florida, LSU and Tennessee having offered both, and Alabama, Georgia and Michigan chasing Green.

Looking to continue the success in recruiting Texas running backs, USC offered Emeka Megwa (Fort Worth, Texas/Nolan Catholic), a 6-foot, 200-pound back with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma and others.

And USC also offered 2022 cornerback Denver Harris (Houston/North Shore). Harris is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound corner who attends the same school that produced USC defensive back signee Dorian Hewett in the 2019 recruiting class. Like the rest of the offers, Harris’ offer sheet is impressive, with Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and plenty of others.

In early February, Harris listed the final eight schools that he will be focused on–Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Tennessee, Texas and Texas A&M–so the Trojans will need to break into that group with a late start if they are going to challenge for his commitment.

Top 12 for top OL

After landing six offensive linemen in the 2020 recruiting class, USC offensive line coach is looking to stock up again this year.

The Trojans have a commitment from three-star offensive tackle Mason Murphy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./JSerra), and are in the mix for a number of other prospects. One of the best is four-star offensive tackle Bram Walden (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro).

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman is the nation’s No. 89 overall prospect and No. 2 recruit in the state of Arizona. The Trojans made a strong impression when he was able to take an unofficial visit in early March, and USC landed squarely on the list of his top 12 schools he released on Monday.

USC is there alongside Arizona State, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, Utah and Washington. Clearly, the Sun Devils will be looking to keep the in-state star at home, while Oregon might have a bit of an advantage, having signed high school teammate and fellow offensive lineman Jaylan Jeffers in the 2020 class.

But there’s a chance the Trojans will have playing time to offer, as well as a recruiting pitch that could include back-to-back first-round NFL Draft picks at left tackle, as Austin Jackson could go early this year, and Alijah Vera-Tucker could make the move outside and go off the board quickly next spring.

Erik McKinney
Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.

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