USC football might be forced to recruit with a basket as opposed to a cart these days, but Lane Kiffin's basket is overflowing with the finest recruits in the country. The Trojans can only take 15 recruits this cycle per NCAA rule, and with eight now in the fold, USC is halfway home.
The latest recruit to pledge to USC is star safety Su'a Cravens, who pledged to USC Wednesday afternoon. Cravens is the top safety recruit in the country.
Other top Trojan recruits include Max Browne, the top pro-style quarterback recruit nationally, Kenny Bigelow, one of the country's top defensive linemen, Justin Davis, one of the top running backs on the West Coast, Ty Isaac, the top running back in the Midwest, Kylie Fitts, a very promising defensive end from California, Chris Hawkins, a star defensive back from USC's backyard and Eldridge Massington, a track star receiver from Texas.
Pretty much every single USC commitment is the best or very near it at his position.
It's almost as if USC's lack of scholarship room has made this exclusive club even more special. In fact, that's exactly what Tampa (Fla.) Plant High School offensive tackle Richy Klepal told SB Nation during the spring recruiting series.
Once spring practice warps up, he plans to take a visit to USC for its one-day camp. "USC is pretty much a factory out to the league out there so I definitely want to get out there. And with USC having limited spots, it means even more that they would come out to Florida and offer me," Klepal said.
It's foolish to say that the NCAA sanctions won't hurt USC, because injuries do occur and the Trojans will inevitably run into depth issues, but on a player-for-player basis, nobody is recruiting quite as well as USC.