Nearly a dozen publicized offers went out from USC coaches to prospects in the 2020, 2021, and 2022 classes this past week. WeAreSC takes a look at which recruits picked up offers and what it means for each recruiting cycle.
Six offensive linemen in the 2020 class grabbed offers from USC, and that is a welcome sight. No matter how few offers there might be extended in this class, loading up on offensive linemen is a must.
There weren’t many elite West region offensive linemen in this class heading into the spring, so it’s nice to see the coaches finding a few more names to add to the board.
Junior college offensive tackle Killian Zierer (Valencia, Calif./College of the Canyons) has seen interest pick up this spring, as Auburn, LSU, Kansas State, Nebraska, and USC have all offered recently, joining Arizona State, Florida State, Cal, TCU, UCLA, and others. He checks in at 6-foot-7, 290 pounds and looks as though he would be able to step in fairly quickly at either tackle spot.
Four-star offensive tackle Marcus Dumervil (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) is another national prospect who picked up an offer from the Trojans. He has already taken visits to LSU and Oklahoma, while Alabama and Ohio State are other programs in the mix. We’ll see if this offer is just another tally for Dumervil, or if he expresses real interest in visiting the Trojans.
The Trojans also dipped into Texas again to offer offensive tackle Tyler Bailey (Edinburg, Tex./Robert Vela), a three-star prospect with offers from LSU and Oregon already.
iTwo interesting prep offers were made a little closer to home, as offensive guard Jacob Nunez (Lompoc, Calif./Lompoc), Joey Wright (Reno, Nev./Bishop Manogue), and Andres Dewerk (Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos) are now on the board. Arizona State also made a recent offer to Wright, and the Sun Devils have offered Nunez as well. These are offers where you’d certainly expect that if the Trojans eventually push hard for a commitment, they should be able to win out. Nunez looks like a big, solid, physical tackles at the high school level with room for development as he moves forward. Wright is that slightly more slender tackle (6-foot-6, 270 pounds) that schools are looking for both in terms of the offense being run and the potential to shape their body at the next level. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Wright pick up a few more offers before his senior season. Dewerk is massive, as 6-foot-7, and nearly 300 pounds. He also plays some defensive tackle, and is another lineman with some edge to his game.
The Trojans have a couple of local offensive linemen in their sights, in Myles Murao (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei), Drake Metcalf (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), Jonah Monheim (Moorepark, Calif./Moorpark) and Jeffrey Persi (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./JSerra), but only Murao looks like a USC lean at this point, so adding targets was a necessity this spring.
USC offering prospects in the state of Texas has become a familiar sight this spring, and two more 2021 Lonestar State recruits added offers from the Trojans this week.
Inside linebacker Kendrick Blackshire (Duncanville, Tex./Duncanville) has plenty of national offers, with LSU and Oklahoma out front early. It would be a surprise to see him seriously consider the Trojans after this offer, but we’ll see if this staff can get in the mix.
Four-star running back Brandon Campbell (Pearland, Tex./Pearland) also now holds an offer from USC, as the 5-foot-9, 190-pound back adds it to offers he’s already received from Arkansas, Houston, Memphis, and Virginia Tech. It’ll be interesting to see if the bigger in-state schools move on Campbell in the near future, or if the Trojans coaches can build enough of a relationship to get him looking seriously outside the state.
The biggest offer went out to offensive tackle Earnest Greene (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) (photo above). Already checking in at 6-foot-3 and 301 pounds, Greene has the look of a potential five-star prospect already, and will likely be a priority recruit for the Trojans in the coming years.
The Trojans have offered several quarterbacks in future classes and added another one this week, as Ty Simpson (Martin, Tenn./Westview) picked up an offer from USC. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound dual-threat quarterback has plenty of offers already, as Auburn, Duke, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Penn State, Tennessee, and Texas A&M have offered. It’s always interesting when USC makes an offer at quarterback, and Simpson looks comfortable working in an Air Raid system and shows some real athleticism for the position.