The Associated Press released their All-American teams and three of the most talented USCTrojans on the roster were honored amongst the nation's best. The list is loaded with Pac-12 talent, including some of USC's top potential draft picks (both this year and next). Those talents have positioned themselves as some of the best players in the nation.
Led by Second Team All-American Leonard Williams, USC's defense was well represented on the esteemed list. Williams was placed behind Malcolm Brown (Texas) and Danny Shelton (Washington), who earned First Team honors. Although keep in mind, Williams was honored as a defensive tackle, when really he played more of a defensive end role this season in Justin Wilcox's 3-4 defensive scheme.
Safety Su'a Cravens was named a Third Team selection, earning the honor at the safety position following a breakout season making plays all over the field. The former Freshmen All-American adds more hardware to his star-studded career that will at least have one more year making plays for the Trojans' defense.
And wideout Nelson Agholor, who set a USC record snatching over 200 yards receiving in consecutive games, earned Third Team All-American Honors. Agholor will also have a tough decision to make this spring whether to return for his Senior season, and possibly reunite with Kessler, or declare for the 2014 NFL Draft.
Speaking of Pac-12 promise, quarterback Marcus Mariota (Oregon), Shaq Thompson (Washington), Scooby Wright III (Arizona), who will be returning for next season, Hau'oli Kikaha (Washington), Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (Oregon) and Tom Hackett (Utah) also earned All-American First Team honors.
We hinted at this earlier, but expect players like Scooby Wright III and Su'a Cravens to be in the running for First or Second Team honors next season along with fellow Pac-12 players Cody Kessler, Myles Jack or even Royce Freeman on the offensive end.