USC recruiting 2013: Trojans have small but talented group

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Southern Cal is still stockpiling some of the best talent in California.

Southern Cal has just seven commitments in its 2014 recruiting class, which is one reason why the group ranks 61st nationally in the 247Sports composite team rankings. The Trojans' class also ranks ninth in the Pac-12, but quantity is definitely a factor -- USC's class has the highest average prospect rating of any team in the league.

The Trojans added defensive end Malik Dorton in August, but it has otherwise been a quiet couple of months for the program. The uncertainty surrounding Lane Kiffin's future with USC probably isn't helping at this point.

Top Trojans

Toa Lobendahn, an offensive lineman from Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia High School, is a consensus four-star prospect. He is regarded as one of the top-10 offensive guard prospects in the country and one of the nation's top-130 prospects overall.

Derik Calhoun is a consensus four-star linebacker from El Cerrito (Calif.) High School. He is regarded as one of the top-15 outside linebacker prospects in the nation and ranks among the country's top-200 prospects overall.

On target

USC is firmly in the mix for several five-star targets, even with the turmoil surrounding coach Lane Kiffin.

Cornerback Adoree' Jackson, of Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Sierra, is an elite athlete who is also considering Florida. The Trojans are after guard Damien Mama, of Bellfolower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. Mama has incredible feet for his size.  USC is also in it for running back Joe Mixon, or Oakley (Calif.) Freedom high school, though Cal is emerging as a major player as well.

More from SB Nation:

Picking Week 4’s biggest games, eating pretty sandwiches

Spencer Hall’s Alphabetical | Bill Connelly’s Numerical | This Week in Schadenfreude

Bo Pelini’s apology accepted by Nebraska

Mack Brown’s apology for losing to Oklahoma, a month early!

What we learned from the Alabama-Texas A&M classic

Today’s college football news headlines

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.