The USC Trojans top-ranked recruiting class is starting to pay dividends as Scout.com named assistant coach Marques Tuiasosopo the Pac-12 recruiter of the year, landing more top-100 prospects (12) than the entire conference combined. National recruiting analyst Greg Biggins dished out strong praise for the entire staff, but focused his commentary on what this assistant brought to the table.
In the end, we gave the nod to Coach Tui, simply because the players he oversaw were the hardest to recruit. He was the point person for Utah standouts Osa Masina and Porter Gustin, flipped Tyler Petite from Duke and Dominic Davis from Washington State and maintained a relationship with Ricky Town while he was still at UW
What made this class so interesting was the coaching staff's attention to detail on landing recruits from outside the state of California. USC reached for a three-to-one ratio, and the big additions of Utah stars Porter Gustin and Osa Masina gave the Trojans a major splash factor in the national recruiting trail.
Doing well outside of California requires great relationships, and coach Tui spent a great deal of time maintaining those relationships from his time at Washington. While the entire coaching staff certainly deserves credit, Scout.com was impressed with the pedigree of work done outside the state of California filling a variety of USC's needs.