National Recruiting site Scout.com went through and thoroughly identified the top prospects in the nation and if USC can seal the deal on National Signing Day, the 2014 recruiting class could be loaded with some star-studded talent.
Fellow Southern California native John "JuJu" Smith (Long Beach Poly HS) was slotted the No. 10 overall prospect as a five-star safety.
Both players have expressed interest in USC and have taken numerous unofficial visits throughout the fall season. Jackson, who follows in the same Gardena Serra footsteps as Marqise Lee, Robert Woods and George Farmer, listed USC among his final six schools.
Smith has also tabbed USC as one of his finalists along with Trojan rivals Notre Dame and Oregon along with national powers Alabama and Ohio State. USC will have an excellent chance to lure Smith, however, when he takes his official visit to campus on January 24th.
Another highly sought-after player joining on that visit will be St. John Bosco offensive lineman Damien Mama. In case you have forgotten, St. John Bosco just went 16-0 and won the CIF Open Division State Championship. It's also important to note USC soft commits Malik Dorton (DE/OLB) and Shay Fields (WR) attend Bosco.
Mama, who is considered California's top offensive lineman prospect, was ranked No. 39 by Scout.com. Local ties with his family could help USC lure Mama's services, but expect Wisconsin and UCLA to tug at his strings in the closing days before the coveted lineman makes his official decision on National Signing Day.
The highest current USC commit among the ranks is Corona Centennial offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao, who moved up the rankings significantly over the course of the season and now sits No. 90 overall. Talamaivao flipped from Alabama to USC when Ed Orgeron was running the operations, and if he stays, could provide some major girth to the offensive line with his 6-foot-3, 300-pound frame.
One prospect to keep an eye on as USC looks to fill out its remaining 14-man recruiting class would be Central East High School (Fresno, Calif.) standout receiver Michiah Quick. The explosive wide-receiving threat checks in at No. 48 overall, and while USC is low among his top choices (Notre Dame, Oklahoma), Quick will be taking his official visit this upcoming weekend.
The final recruiting spectrum will certainly play itself out over the coming days, but now that USC has reportedly completed its coaching staff with the addition of former Georgia defensive line coach Chris Wilson. Expect some DL and OL prospects to take notice, much like when Bo Davis (briefly) signed with USC, which could help lure even more talent to Steve Sarkisian's class.