This most recent USC Trojan recruiting class is one of the school's best over the past decade according to multiple recruiting websites. Top to bottom, USC's recruiting class is filled with depth at positions the Trojans were in need of. Several of these players may grow to become Trojan stars. But who will come in and be able to showcase their skills in the Coliseum next season?
Here is an early projection on what freshmen can come in and make an immediate impact.
Running Back Ronald Jones II
The number one running back in virtually every scouting website, Ronald Jones II and fellow incoming freshman Aca'Cedric Ware should have a chance with first team reps in the fall camp. Reason why: Depth. The loss of Javorius Allen is big but was expected and now the Trojans are without the Pac-12's third-leading rusher.
The Trojans return Justin Davis, who has run for almost 1,000 yards as a backup the last two years, and Tre Madden, who is coming off of a medical redshirt. But Jones II could become the starter from day one although the Trojans rarely have a starting freshman running back from day one.
Ronald Jones II has elusive speed and great vision and showed it with a long touchdown in the first quarter of the Under Armour All-America Game. He needs to gain weight but that should happen during the summer.
Tight End Tyler Petite
In his post-recruiting day press conference, Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian called tight end Tyler Petite " the most important player" in the entire class. Reason why?
The Trojans only had 35 receptions from tight ends last year (Randall Telfer had 21 and Bryce Dixon just 14). Telfer graduated and Dixon is returning for his sophomore season. Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick also returns after being academically ineligible for the 2014 season.
Petite is a great route runner for a tight end and possesses great hands. It also helps when you are a tight end and run a 4.6 40-yard dash. I imagine USC will use more two tight end sets next year and Petite alongside Dixon could be a lethal duo.
Safety Marvell Tell
My favorite player in the 2015 recruiting class. Watching Marvell Tell tape brings back lots of memories of watching vintage Troy Polamalu run around the field. Tell will blitz or sit in coverage and come from 10 yards deep to make a tackle. He has great instinct and his 6'2" frame is perfect for a safety, but he is a little skinny and like Jones, should gain weight during fall camp.
The 2015 USC secondary could be one of the best in the nation, especially with Tell making an impact. Which leads me to....
Cornerback Iman Marshall
There is a reason why he is a top-five player coming out of high school and one of the highest rated players in the steeped Long Beach Poly history. Iman "Biggie" Marshall is an absolute beast and our own Andrew McKagan says Marshall reminds him of Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson.
Marshall is physical at the line on opposing receivers and has elite pass-breakup ability. Oh, and if you haven't seen it yet, Marshall can lay the big hit as he did during a CIF playoff game. Biggie will probably play the nickel role next year but can you imagine an Adoree Jackson/ Marshall duo?
Good luck to the opposing offenses.