The USC coaches haven’t been shy about extending offers to big-time national targets in the 2022 and 2023 classes in the hopes of getting in early enough to make a strong impression and staying in the mix long enough until it comes time for those recruits to make their commitments.
Over the past few days, USC coaches have extended double-digit offers into those two classes, as the Trojans officially joined the race for prospects in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Ohio and Massachusetts.
Trojans in Texas Again
It’s not a USC recruiting story if there isn’t a mention of Texas, as the Trojan coaches continue to push for prospects there.
On Monday, USC offered 2022 cornerback Julian Humphrey (Houston/Clear Lake), a 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back. Baylor, Houston and Tennessee have already offered, but this is a case where USC is still an early “big” offer, compared to most of the prospects that follow. Humphrey is a member of the Fast Houston 7-on-7 program, which has also helped produce 2021 USC commitments in running back Brandon Campbell (Katy, Texas/Katy) and wide receiver Quay Davis (Dallas/Skyline).
The USC coaches not only stayed in Texas for a few more offers, they stayed at the same high school. USC offered three players from Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas this week. All three are 2022 prospects.
USC offensive line coach Tim Drevno might be a frequent visitor to Duncanville in the future, as the Trojans offered offensive tackles Jaylen Early and Cameron Williams.
Early checks in at 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds and an early four-star prospect, while Williams is 6-foot-6, 320 pounds and a three-star tackle. Both have impressive offer lists already, with Early holding offers from Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and others, and Williams already checking in with Arizona State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, TCU, Texas A&M and others.
USC stayed along the line of scrimmage at Duncanville, as defensive end Omari Abor picked up an offer from the Trojans on Tuesday. At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, he is the No. 54 prospect in the 2022 class and has the offers to match, with Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington and others already coming forward.
Talented Florida Teammates
The emphasis on Florida hasn’t been the same as what USC coaches are doing in Texas, but more than a few offers have gone out in the Sunshine State from this staff.
The Trojans offered teammates with some impressive bloodlines early this week, as 2022 defensive back Earl Little Jr. and 2022 linebacker Marvin Jones Jr. (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./American Heritage) both added offers.
Little is the son of Earl Little, who played at Miami before embarking on a nine-year NFL career. Jones’ father played at Florida State and was a first-round draft pick of the New York Jets. Little Jr. and Jones Jr. are both 4-star prospects in the 2022 class with impressive offer sheets already. Little, a 6-0, 165- pound cornerback holds offers from Alabama, Florida, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Utah and others. Jones, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound outside linebacker, has Arizona State, Florida State, Oregon, Penn State and others.
Peach State Offers
USC hasn’t signed a prospect from the state of Georgia since the 2016 class, when offensive tackle E.J. Price and wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe were added. That could change in 2021, as the Trojans are very much in the picture for four-star athlete Nathaniel Wiggins (Atlanta/Westlake). And the Trojans hope to be returning to the state in the future as well, as two offers went out.
The first was to Jonquis “JQ” Hardaway (Columbus, Ga./Hardaway), another tall, long cornerback target at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds. The Trojans are in fairly early on him, though Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and others have already offered.
USC also entered the picture for 2023 athlete Michael Daugherty (Loganville, Ga./Grayson), a 6-foot, 160-pound cornerback. Offers have been rolling in lately for Daugherty, who holds Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Penn State and Texas offers already.
USC cornerbacks coach Donte Williams extended the offer to Daugherty, and has already made a positive impression on the family.
And Points North
USC coaches didn’t focus all their energy on the Southeast, as offers also went out to 2022 outside linebacker Gabe Powers (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) and 2023 tight end Preston Zinter (Cambridge, Mass./Buckingham Browne & Nichols).
These won’t be recruiting battles that will be easily won against some Big Ten powers.
Powers is a 6-foot-4, 215-pound, top-50 prospect in his class and a defender that is coveted by Ohio State. The Buckeyes aren’t losing many of those recruiting battles nationally right now, let alone for an in-state prospect.
Zinter still has a few years to go in his recruitment, but the 6-foot-3, 215-pound tight end is the younger brother of Michigan offensive lineman Zac Zinter, who signed with the Wolverines in the 2020 class.