USC Recruiting: Breaking Down The Final 2014 Targets

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Rest assured folks, the final four days before National Signing Day will be filled with drama, agony and plenty of commotion surrounding USC's recruiting class.

The biggest question is who will Steve Sarkisian look to secure amongst the final four spots for 2014?

First of all, the Trojans have done an excellent job securing talented prospects for positions of need on the active roster with strong early enrollees and hard commits.

Highlighted by four-star tight end Bryce Dixon, wide receiver Rahshead Johnson and offensive line giants Jordan Austin, Toa Lobendahn and Viane Talamaivao, USC found strong prospects to replace its departing talent from last season.

Justin Wilcox will have some major tools to utilize in the secondary with four-star players John Plattenburg Jr. and Jonathan Lockett along with one of the nation's top junior college transfers in defensive end Claudeson Pelon.

The return of injured playmakers linebacker Lamar Dawson and cornerback Anthony Brown will certainly help the Trojans' cause, but USC still needs to acquire more depth in the trenches and some dynamic athletes that can defend the wide variety of offensive groupings they will face.

John "JuJu" Smith and Damien Mama of the "Uce Crew," a group of recruits with Polynesian descent, along with five-star DB/WR Adoree' Jackson highlight three of the final four spots USC wants to secure, but here are some of the names being tossed around to fill the one, two or maybe more spots that are up for grabs Wednesday.

(Note: All Rankings via 247sports.com COMPOSITE)

Jacksonville (Fla.) Cornerback Lamont Simmons

Profile: 6-2, 180...68th-ranked CB in 2014

Simmons immediately stands out amongst this final list because of his physicality and strength as a press corner, and the recruiting relationship he has developed with Tee Martin. Simmons could give USC a reliable option to work alongside Kevon Seymour and Anthony Brown in the secondary and could allow Shaw to transition back to safety, arguably his more natural position, next season.

San Marcos (Calif.) Linebacker Fred Warner

Profile: 6-3, 205...26th-ranked OLB in 2014

Warner is currently committed to BYU, but expressed interest in playing for USC after taking his official visit back on January 17th. Warner could really prosper learning under Pullard and Dawson this season. That said, USC has depth with Anthony Sarao returning along with young guns Quinton Powell and Michael Hutchings ready to increase their roles. His opportunities may be limited with USC early on, but the talented LB would be worth the wait.

Sammamish (Wash.) Safety/OLB Drew Lewis

Profile: 6-3, 195...81st-ranked OLB in 2014

Lewis is in the precarious position to where USC has plenty of emerging talent at safety with the likes of All-Pac-12 contributor Su'a Cravens and fellow Freshman Leon McQuay ready to take on more responsibility. The other factor playing against his commitment is the fact Washington has been working hard to secure their in-state prospect. It's a numbers game in recruiting, and Lewis seems prime to stay at Washington.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Linebacker Jabril Frazier

Profile: 6-4, 225...72nd-ranked OLB/DE in 2014

Frazier is in a unique position because technically if he wanted to sign with USC, he would be asked to greyshirt this season and would then officially arrive on campus next January. Frazier may not count against USC's scholarship numbers but the offer would be much easier to levy next season once the scholarship sanctions are officially lifted.

Carson (Calif.) Offensive Lineman Bobby Johnson

Profile: 6-5, 275...Rising 2-star recruit

Johnson, the current Fresno State recruit, has jumped back onto the USC radar since taking his official visit on January 24th. New offensive line coach Tim Drevno, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, could certainly craft the powerful Carson, Calif. native into an immediate contributor. But, Johnson would only seriously consider flipping his commitment if star-studded OL Damien Mama (St. John Bosco) decides Alabama or BYU over USC.

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