With national signing day now just three weeks away, the Trojans hold a total of 16 verbal commits to go along with the five mid-year enrollees already on campus, as well as one blueshirt in place-kicker Matt Boermeester, who was on the USC roster this past fall. That leaves a total of just three slots available.
Still, nothing is certain at this stage of the recruiting process, and there still could be quite a bit of movement in the coming days when it comes to the Trojans’ recruiting class -- evidenced by the fact that USC head coach Steve Sarkisian and staff are known to still be in on a number of other prospects who are either uncommitted, or who have pledged to other schools.
With that in mind, here’s a look at some of those USC targets (listed alphabetically), and where their recruitment appears to stand today.
ATH Terry Godwin (Hogansville, Ga./Callaway)
USC hosted Godwin, a Georgia commit, on a visit in December, but he’s an extreme long shot to wind up a Trojan. He will visit Auburn, Alabama and Texas A&M this month.
DT Rasheem Green (Gardena, Calif./Serra)
A big-time talent at a position of need for the Trojans, Green has a final four of Arizona State, Oregon, Miami and USC. Common thought has the Trojans in the lead, and he is scheduled to visit USC this weekend, as well as ASU on Jan. 23. He has already taken trips to Oregon and Miami.
ATH Porter Gustin (Salem, Utah/Salem Hills)
Gustin appears poised to officially visit USC, Arizona State and Ohio State this month, and his trip to Los Angeles could take place as soon as this weekend. He has already unofficially visited Arizona State and USC, and the Trojans figure to have a very solid chance here.
CB DeChaun Holiday (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills)
Holiday continued to name USC in his top 4 during the week leading up to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but by all indications, UCLA is in the driver’s seat. He has officials lined up this month with Arizona State, Washington, as well as with the Bruins.
LB John Houston Jr. (Gardena, Calif./Serra)
Houston has already visited Arizona State, Miami, Oklahoma and Oregon, and he will take an official to USC this weekend. The Trojans look to be the favorite in his recruitment, but keep an eye on the Ducks.
CB Donte Jackson (Jefferson, La./Riverdale)
Jackson, a dynamic athlete whom the Trojans staff envisions filling a similar two-way role as Adoree' Jackson, has a final three of Georgia, LSU and USC, and he will announce his decision on Jan. 21. He has already taken an official visit to USC, and he will visit Georgia this coming weekend. If he takes a trip to LSU, it will come after his announcement.
TE Alize Jones (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman)
Jones is a longtime UCLA pledge who remains committed to the Bruins, but there have been some rumblings that he’s looking around -- specifically at Notre Dame, where he visited in December, but also at USC. Whether he’s interested enough in the Trojans to take a visit remains to be seen.
CB Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly)
USC has long been thought to have the inside track for Marshall, but he’s been playing his recruitment so close to the vest that no one really knows for sure. He has official visits lined up with Florida State (Jan. 16), Michigan (Jan. 19), LSU (Jan. 23) and Oregon (Jan. 30) this month, and he could unofficially visit USC and UCLA as well.
LB Osa Masina (Salt Lake City, Utah/Brighton)
Masina is down to Arizona State, UCLA and USC, and he’ll announce his decision on Jan. 23. The Trojans, once again, look to have a good shot here.
DT Kevin Scott (Los Angeles, Calif./Salesian)
Scott does not currently hold an offer from USC, but the Trojans staff has remained in contact with him -- potentially to come in next spring as a greyshirt. His recruitment has started to heat up as of late, however, with Purdue, Ole Miss and Kansas State standing out as three of the bigger programs that have recently extended offers.
LB Roquan Smith (Montezuma, Ga./Macon County)
Smith visited USC in November, but the odds of him becoming a Trojan are extremely low. He has official visits lined up with Michigan and UCLA this month, and he already took an official to home-state favorite Georgia.
DT Trenton Thompson (Albany, Ga./Westover)
Thompson has been somewhat of a forgotten name after pledging to Georgia this past August, but he has remained in contact with Trojans defensive line coach Chris Wilson throughout the process, and there are murmurs that he might have lined up a visit to USC for this coming weekend. He also checked out USC on an unofficial this past summer, but pulling him out of the South will be a challenge to say the least.
TE/DE T.J. Wheatley Jr. (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius)
Wheatley took an official visit to USC in December and enjoyed the trip, and he also heard plenty about the Trojans from USC-commits Tristan Payton and Noah Jefferson during the week leading up to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. Still, with visits set for Alabama (Jan. 16), UCLA (Jan. 23) and Oregon (Jan. 30), his recruitment is far from over. And then there’s Michigan, who just recently added T.J.’s father, Tyrone Wheatley Sr., to the Wolverines’ coaching staff.