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USC Recruiting Roundup: Trojans in top groups for elite 2022 recruits, and big news coming?

USC is looking to put together a finishing kick on this 2021 recruiting class with the early signing period just a few weeks away, but the Trojans made the top group for a few significant targets in the 2022 class this past week.

Top 2022 corners

USC has a number of defensive backs committed in the 2021 class, but the Trojans are looking for a couple major scores at cornerback in the 2022 class. There might not be a defensive target more important than cornerback Domani Jackson (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) in the 2022 class, as he is the nation’s No. 3 overall prospect and the No. 1 recruit in California. USC is no stranger to grabbing the top California prospect, but it’s been a major challenge in the past three classes, including this 2021 class with defensive end Korey Foreman (Corona, Calif./Centennial).

This past week, Jackson cut his final list of schools from 10 to six, and the Trojans are still in the mix.

Arizona State, Clemson, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC are the finalists and Jackson has spoken seriously about all of them. Michigan and Ohio State have earned recent attention in their pursuit of Jackson, and Clemson was a huge offer for him when it came in. But USC was the favorite at the start of his recruitment and should be there throughout his process.

He wasn’t the only 2022 five-star cornerback to narrow his list this past week, as Will Johnson (Grosse Point, Mich./Grosse Point South) cut things down to a final five schools. He’s the nation’s No. 8 overall prospect and No. 4 cornerback, and, just as importantly, he and Jackson have talked about going to the same school as a package deal. Not surprisingly, Johnson’s final five schools includes all schools that also appear on Jackson’s list. Only Clemson was omitted for Johnson, as he has Arizona State, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC as his final five.

Top 8 for top lineman

USC got in early in the recruitment for 2022 offensive tackle Aliou Bah (Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy) and it seems to have paid off to this point, as the Trojans are now in the top eight for the 6-foot-6, 325-pound, four-star tackle.

Bah also named Florida, Florida State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State and Texas A&M as his final eight schools, but there could be an adjustment coming as he also picked up an offer from Alabama just after releasing that top eight.

Plenty of options left for Williams

C.J. Williams (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) is one of the most sought-after wide receivers in the 2022 class and the 6-foot-2, 195-pound receiver still has a lot of schools remaining as he only cut his list down to 16 schools recently.

USC is still alive for Williams, who also included Alabama, Arizona State, Cal, Georgia, Howard, LSU, Minnesota, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford, TCU, Washington and Wisconsin.

As always for California’s top prospects, Alabama and Ohio State are schools to watch, but USC should be involved throughout.

Big news coming

USC quarterback commit Miller Moss (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany) is ready for some big news coming soon.

USC’s last commitment came earlier this month, when 2022 offensive lineman Dylan Lopez (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde) announced his pledge. But Moss is clearly expecting some things that should get Trojan fans excited.

Of particular note, one of the first responses to Moss’ tweet came from the father of 2021 linebacker, LSU commit and USC target Raesjon Davis (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei).

With the early signing period set to begin on December 16, Monday could kick off a major sprint to the finish line with a number of top targets and potential flips still out there in the 2021 class. It also wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Trojans get a real start on the 2022 class as this staff now has some game film from this season to use in their pursuit of that group.

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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