USC Football Recruiting: 15 Commits and Top Targets to Watch at the Opening

Trenise Ferreira@@TreniseFerreiraUSC Lead WriterJune 11, 2014

USC Football Recruiting: 15 Commits and Top Targets to Watch at the Opening

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    Nike's 2014 The Opening football camp is just around the corner, and a few hundred of the nation's most promising athletes will attend with the intention of boosting their recruitment stock.

    For USC, a solid amount of commits and targets will be an attendance. At last year's The Opening, a handful of Trojan commits sold other uncommitted athletes on USC's program, and there's no reason to think a similar thing won't happen this time around.

    Listed in alphabetical order, here's a look at the top Trojans commits and targets who will be at The Opening and what we can expect from them. 

    The Opening takes place July 6-11 at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

3-Star WR Cordell Broadus

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    High School: Bishop Gorman

    Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

    Height/Weight: 6'2", 195 pounds

    Recruitment Status: Uncommitted

    Broadus had 685 receiving yards and eight touchdowns during his junior year at Diamond Bar High School before transferring to fabled Bishop Gorman this past spring. The wide receiver attended the Los Angeles NFTC and showed a strong ability to get up and snag ball out of the air at its highest point.  

    At The Opening, look for him to show off that vertical and to be a challenge for the defensive backs in coverage.

    His size and fluid motions at wide receiver make him a highly sought-after recruit. He has offers from USC, UCLA, Oregon State, Florida State and Notre Dame.

    Broadus is considered the nation's No. 11 wide receiver and the No. 107 overall prospect, per 247Sports' composite rankings.

5-Star OT Chuma Edoga

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    High School: McEastern

    Hometown: Powder Springs, Georgia

    Height/Weight: 6'4", 276 pounds 

    Recruitment Status: Committed to USC (04/09/2014)

    Edoga participated in the Atlanta NFTC, and his performance was so outstanding that he was the undisputed MVP of his position group. He ran a 4.86 40-yard dash and posted a 4.46 shuttle time, which are very impressive feats for a man of his size. 

    The Georgia native was one of the first big-time commits for Steve Sarkisian's 2015 recruiting class and got the spring off to a good start for the Trojans. 

    The 5-star tackle is currently considered the No. 3 overall tackle per 247Sports, up from No. 5 when he committed to USC in April. He will be a great addition to USC's offensive line as long as he stays committed through next February.

5-Star DT Rasheem Green

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    High School: Junipero Serra

    Hometown: Gardena, California

    Height/Weight: 6'5", 275 pounds

    Recruitment status: Uncommitted

    Participating in the LA NFTC this spring, Green showed why he is one of the most sought-after defensive tackles this recruiting cycle. He posted an astounding 113.04 SPARQ rating, building on a 98.10 rating he posted in 2013 as a sophomore. For a guy his size, those ratings are remarkable.

    At The Opening, look for him to display his commanding presence on the defensive line, as well as his athleticism and power.

    He holds offers from just about everyone, but the Serra prospect is considered to be a USC lean. With the pipeline the Trojans have established at that high school, it would be a surprise if he chose to spend his college years with any other team.

    The rising senior defensive lineman racked up 14 sacks last season and is considered the No. 13 overall player in the nation and No. 3 recruit in California. 

4-Star S DeChaun Holiday

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    High School: Mission Hills

    Hometown: San Marcos, California

    Height/Weight: 6'2", 195 pounds

    Recruitment Status: Uncommitted

    Holiday's stock rose after he earned defensive back MVP honors in a very talented pool of DBs at the LA NFTC. As a junior, the safety was a Cal-Hi Sports All-State selection and is expected to have another standout season as a senior this coming fall.

    While considers him a safety, ESPN, Rivals and Scout all list Holiday as a cornerback. The school and system he ultimately commits to will likely determine his primary position.

    On tape, he plays off coverage, which doesn't allow him to show how well he can contend with wide receivers in press situations. That said, his hips appear to be fluid in space. 

    He will want to show at The Opening that he can be aggressive at the line of scrimmage and won't struggle tracking down wide receivers at the next level.

    He holds offers from several schools, with the favorites being UCLA, Oklahoma, Oregon and USC. He is considered the No. 6 safety in his class and No. 12 athlete overall in California.

5-Star ILB John Houston Jr.

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    High school: Junipero Serra

    Hometown: Gardena, California

    Height/Weight: 6'3", 211 pounds

    Recruitment Status: Uncommitted

    Houston impressed at the LA NFTC as an underclassman, and he did the same this year as a junior. He was the first linebacker in his class to receive an invite to The Opening. He is very well-built for a high schooler and has consistently showed elite feet while covering receivers in space.

    The 5-star linebacker earned MVP honors at LA NFTC and holds a whole slew of offers to back that up.

    He has favored USC through his recruitment thus far, but Houston isn't in a rush to officially commit to any school. He also holds offers from Alabama, Florida, UCLA and Florida State, among others. 

    Considered the No. 3 linebacker in his class, Houston will show at The Opening why he is the total package.

4-Star OT Andre James

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    High School: Herriman

    Hometown: Herriman, Utah

    Height/Weight: 6'5", 275 pounds 

    Recruitment Status: Uncommitted

    James came from Utah to participate in the LA NFTC and matched the region's best local talent. He is considered the third-best player in Utah and is rated No. 18 at his position.

    He only recently earned his invite to The Opening on June 5. This is an indication that his stock is on the rise this summer.

    USC offered him in May, and he also holds offers from Oregon and Washington. He visited Troy in March, and a commitment from him would solidify a strong O-line presence at USC in the years to come. Coach Sarkisian has been working to build an O-line that can aid USC's power run game, and James has the skill set to make that happen.

4-Star ATH Christian Kirk

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    High School: Saguaro

    Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona

    Height/Weight: 5'11", 195 pounds

    Recruitment Status: Uncommitted

    This will be Kirk's second appearance at The Opening, as he really impressed scouts last year. As a junior, he had 1,164 yards receiving and 17 touchdowns in addition to 825 rushing yards and 17 more touchdowns for Saguaro. 

    This spring, he impressed on the field and in testing at the LA NFTC, where he ran a 4.54 40-yard dash, posted a 4.37 shuttle and displayed a 40.5-inch vertical leap en route to a 116.58 SPARQ Rating.

    Kirk holds offers from Texas A&M, Oregon, USC and Ohio State among others, with the Aggies being the favorite at this time.

    He is considered the No. 5 wide receiver in his class and the No. 1 athlete overall in Arizona. 

4-Star CB Isaiah Langley

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    High School: Foothill

    Hometown: Pleasanton, California

    Height/Weight: 5'11", 170 pounds 

    Recruitment Status: Uncommitted 

    Langley participated in the Oakland NFTC and was one of the top performers. He displayed excellent coverage skills, making it difficult for wide receivers to field catches with him blanketing them in coverage. For his efforts, he received his invite to The Opening that weekend in May.

    A second-team junior all-state pick by CalHiSports in 2013, Langley also earned first-team All-EBAL honors for his efforts on the season.

    The cornerback is rated as the No. 12 prospect in his position group and No. 16 overall in California. He has around 30 offers at this time, with USC, Cal, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon and Oregon State leading the pack.

5-Star DE Keisean Lucier-South

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    High School: Lutheran - Orange County 

    Hometown: Orange, California

    Height/Weight: 6'5", 225 pounds

    Recruitment Status: Uncommitted 

    Lucier-South was the only lineman to receiver an invite to The Opening from the LA NFTC in March, and he definitely earned that spot. 

    He didn't lose a single rep during one-on-one drills, and for his efforts, he went on to earn defensive line MVP honors.

    At The Opening, he will want to dispel any doubts about his lateral quickness. At the LA NFTC, he posted a 4.4 shuttle time, and he will want to repeat that kind of effort in July. 

    He is considered the No. 2 defensive end in his class and No. 4 player overall in California, per He holds offers from UCLA, Michigan, Notre Dame, USC and Texas, among others, with UCLA being considered the favorite at this time.

5-Star DB Iman 'Biggie' Marshall

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    High School: Long Beach Poly

    Hometown: Long Beach, California

    Height/Weight: 6'1", 190 pounds 

    Recruitment Status: Uncommitted

    Marshall is another athlete who will be attending The Opening for the second time, as he participated in it in 2013 as an underclassman.

    He also attended the Los Angeles NFTC and put on a compelling performance with his skills in coverage. Marshall is rated as the No. 2 cornerback in his class and No. 2 overall in California.

    Look for him to show how well he controls wide receivers at the line of scrimmage during The Opening, as well demonstrate his tremendous ball skills.

    USC is considered to be the favorite to the stud prospect out of Long Beach Poly. 

5-Star DT Kahlil McKenzie

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    High School: Clayton Valley Charter-Concord

    Hometown: Concord, California

    Height/Weight: 6'4", 330 pounds 

    Recruitment Status: Uncommitted

    McKenzie made 74 tackles and had 12 sacks as a junior and earned junior all-state honors by He participated in the Oakland NFTC and was one of the most dominant performers in his position group.

    He is rated as the No. 7 defensive tackle by 247Sports and has offers from just about everyone. Tennessee is projected to be the favorite at this point, and McKenzie considers USC to be his No. 3 interest, after Tennessee and Arizona. 

    On June 9 he announced he was transferring from Bay Area powerhouse De La Salle to Clayton Valley Charter-Concord. No reason was given for the transfer. 

4-Star LB Cameron Smith

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    High School: Granite Bay

    Hometown: Granite Bay, California

    Height/Weight: 6'3", 225 pounds 

    Recruitment Status: Committed to USC (05/21/2014)

    Smith had 113 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles for Granite Bay last fall, which boosted his stock this recruiting cycle. Previously, he earned all-state honors during his sophomore season in 2012. 

    An inside linebacker, he turned heads over the past two years for always being in the middle of the action. Ranked by 247 Sports as No. 3 at his position, Smith represents another good get for Steve Sarkisian and the Trojans. 

    He is USC's most recent commit, having given his pledge at the end of May. 

4-Star WR Equanimeous St. Brown

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    High School: Servite

    Hometown: Anaheim, California

    Height/Weight: 6'5", 205 pounds

    Recruitment Status: Uncommitted

    St. Brown earned his invite to The Opening on June 7, but he participated in the LA NFTC back in March. 

    He's considered the No. 10 wide receiver in his class, according to 247Sports, and at this time, UCLA is said to be the favorite for him. We can expect the Trojans and the Bruins to go head-to-head for his commitment later this year. 

    He is a tall, physical receiver with room to fill out his relatively thin frame. He can pluck the ball out of the air at its high point and has strong ball skills. At The Opening, he will want to show more fluid hips and a better ability to accelerate off the line.

4-Star S Marvell Tell

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    High School: Crespi

    Hometown: Encino, California

    Height/Weight: 6'2", 175 pounds

    Recruitment Status: Uncommitted

    Tell attended the Oakland NFTC and posted one of the highest SPARQ scores of all in attendance. He scored a 108.74, which included a 37.5-inch vertical jump. 

    He plays wide receiver and defensive back in high school, but most schools are recruiting him solely as a defensive player. A very athletic safety prospect, he is ranked at No. 4 at his position.

    He mostly plays deep for Crespi, but he is very aggressive when filling lanes in run support. He is a solid tackler who limits yards after contact. 

    Currently, Tell has 20 offers, with three Pac-12 schools leading the pack: UCLA, USC and Washington State.

5-Star QB Ricky Town

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    High School: St. Bonaventure

    Hometown: Ventura, California

    Height/Weight: 6'4", 205 pounds

    Recruitment Status: Committed to USC (01/25/2014)

    Town received his invite to The Opening just this week on Tuesday. 

    Considered the No. 1 player in his class, he made waves last winter when he flipped his commitment from the Alabama Crimson Tide to Steve Sarkisian's USC Trojans.

    He has quick feet, a strong arm and the poise to be a top quarterback at the next level. His presence in the Trojans' class of 2015 says that the head coach is keen on keeping a strong quarterback tradition alive in Troy, despite a few schematic changes.

    He's a highly regarded pocket passer who will put those skills on display at The Opening. 


    Note: Star rankings and other ratings courtesy of 247Sports.