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Sarkisian Recruiting

Clayton Johnson Recruiting Profile

Four-star offensive lineman Clayton Johnson shares more about what makes him so special and why USC will be a great fit for his talents moving forward.

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Tight End Tyler Petite Flips From Duke to USC

The USC Trojans have a serious lack of depth at the tight end position heading into 2015 with senior Randall Telfer graduating. But the coaching staff shored that up a bit today by flipping four-star tight end Tyler Petite from his previous commitment to Duke. Petite is from Campolindo HS in Moraga, California and is listed as high as the No. 4 tight end in the country (ESPN). If Tyler Petite signs in February, USC will have three scholarship tight ends with Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick returning from academic ineligibility and freshman Bryce Dixon being available.

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USC Offers 2017 QB Tua Tagovailoa

Late Monday night, it was revealed the USC Trojans had offered Class of 2017 dual-threat quarterback Tua Tagovailoa a scholarship. Tagovailoa currently attends the St. Louis School -- the same school as Oregon Heisman Trophy frontrunner Marcus Mariota previously attended.

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Five-Star TE Chris Clark is Going Silent

Five-star tight end recruit Chris Clark decommitted from Michigan last week and is a major target for the USC Trojans, who lack depth at the tight end position. But it's not likely that we will know much about what Chris Clark is thinking until next year when National Signing Day is approaching. Clark tweeted on Monday that he is going under the radar, at least in terms of media interviews and any discussion of his recruitment. Clark did say he plans to announce his commitment in late January.

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USC Offers 2016 Defensive End Oluwole Betiku

The USC Trojans have a strong track record recruiting at Serra HS recently and they are hoping that helps them land 2016 three-star defensive end Oluwole Betiku, who they offered a scholarship to on Saturday. Betiku is 6-foot-3 and weighs 235 pounds as a junior. He already has offers from a number of other schools as well. Oluwole Betiku is listed as a three-star for Rivals, Scout and ESPN, but is a four-star for 247sports, so he could easily work his way into another star from the other organizations before he signs in February 2016.

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USC Breaks Out Ice Sculpture for Big Recruits

There are a number of high-profile recruits on campus this weekend for official visits, including five-star Terry Godwin, who posted this photo on his Twitter. It looks like the Trojans are pulling out all the stops, including an apparent "SC" logo ice sculpture. It could also be a plastic logo sculpture, but we woun't put it past USC to break out an ice sculpture.

Official Visits Weekend

Multiple Trojan recruits are on campus this weekend for official visits.

No. 1 TE Chris Clark Decommits, Set to Visit USC

The No. 1 tight end in the country, Avon Old Farm School's Chris Clark, had opened up his recruitment, decommitting from Michigan after Brady Hoke was dismissed. Clark was set to visit USC earleir, but recovery from an injury pushed it back.

USC's Chances of Landing Elite DT Tim Settle

USC beat Notre Dame on the field last weekend, and a 5-star DT was in attendance for the game. The Trojans 2015 recruiting class has taken shape, but landing this recruit would take the class to another level.

USC to Host Official Visits Against Rival ND

The USC Trojans have some important defensive recruits set to visit for official visits.

USC Suffered 5* Recruiting Defeat Before Game

Even before the USC Trojans fell to UCLA on Saturday night, the Bruins got a big win when Orange Lutheran HS five-star defensive end/outside linebacker Keisean Lucier-South committed to play for the Bruins.

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USC Offers Top-Notch 2017 Athlete Darnay Holmes

One of the top sophomore athletes, Newbury Park's Darnay Holmes, tweeted Thursday night that he had received an offer from USC. While many expect the 5'11", 180-pound athlete to be a cornerback in college, he is also racking up tons of catches and yards as a receiver this season for Newbury Park. Holmes is the cousin of current USC commit Desean Holmes.

Five-Star DT Recruit Tim Settle Will Visit USC

Five-star defensive tackle recruit Tim Settle tweeted Wednesday night that he has set an official visit to USC for the weekend of the Notre Dame game later in November.

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Trojans Continue to Pursue 5-Star TE Chris Clark

Five-star tight end Chris Clark tweeted this message this morning. It appears USC is staying on the Michigan commit pretty hard...and particularly late in the week since this is the third time Clark has graced our FanShots on a Thursday or a Friday. Because the Trojans are extremely thin at the tight end position, Clark is a high-priority recruit, so it's not unexpected that they continue to go after him hard.

February Decisions Have Made Huge 2014 Impact

Adoree' Jackson and JuJu Smith nearly didn't become Trojans, but on National Signing Day in February, they followed their hearts to the cardinal and gold. It's paying off huge dividends for USC already.

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USC Offers UCLA 2016 WR Commit Michael Pittman

The Trojans appear to be trying to steal away a UCLA commit. On Monday night, USC offered Oaks Christian 2016 wide receiver Michael Pittman. Scout lists Pittman as a four-star recruit. He is the son of former NFL running back Michael Sr.

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Five-Star TE Recruit Chris Clark Sets Visit

USC is extremely thin at tight end this season with Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick being academically ineligible. The Trojans will get him back next season, but lose senior Randall Telfer and will still only have two scholarship tight ends available. That is...unless the Trojans can pull a coup leading up to National Signing Day and swipe five-star tight end recruit Chris Clark away from Michigan. Clark tweeted Sunday night that he will be visiting USC for the Notre Dame game next month. If the Trojans can beat the Golden Domers, could Clark flip to the cardinal and gold?

Elite Speedster Flips Commitment to USC

Bishop Alemany HS running back Dominic Davis, one of the fastest recruits in the country, flipped his verbal commitment from Washington State to USC Sunday night while visiting the Trojans' campus with his mom.

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2016 5-Star WR Tyler Vaughns Names USC His Favorite

Class of 2016 five-star wide receiver Tyler Vaughns named USC his current favorite. "I grew up rooting for USC, but that was favorite school and that was my first offer," he said. "It meant a lot to me that they saw it that early – me growing up and maturing during football."

Top 2015 DL Target Planning Early Enrollment

Top Class of 2015 defensive line recruit Canton Kaumatule is planning to graduate from high school in December and be an early enrollee. He lists USC and Oregon as his co-leaders.

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USC Commit Jacob Daniel Awaiting MRI Results

After tearing the ACL in his left knee last season, USC commit Jacob Daniel, a defensive lineman from Clovis North in Fresno, is awaiting MRI results after a right knee injury. The injury occurred in only his second game back from the torn ACL.

5-Star WR Shows Out While Sark & Helton Watch

USC recruiting target Christian Kirk, a five-star wide receiver from Saguaro HS in Scottsdale, Arizona, had quite an impressive game with USC head coach Steve Sarkisian and offensive coordinator Clay Helton in attendance.

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USC Getting Creative With Recruiting Photos

Chris Clark is an Under Armour All-American tight end that is committed to the University of Michigan, but that isn't stopping USC from getting creative with their recruiting. Clark tweeted the above picture. Check out some of the intricacies including the Fare Basis ("FTR/HSMN/USC") and Tour Code ("NFL/FRST/RNDR"). Well done USC coaching staff.

USC Offers 2016 WR Theo Howard

The USC Trojans have offered a scholarship to Westlake HS three-star receiver Theo Howard, who is a Class of 2016 prospect.

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Top 10 National Recruit Making Official Visit

Kendall Sheffield, a five-star cornerback from Thurgood Marshall HS in Missouri City, Texas, is making an official visit to USC this weekend. Can you imagine the secondary with Adoree' Jackson and potentially fellow five-star cornerback Iman Marshall from Long Beach Poly!?!

TE/DE Isaac Garcia Commits to USC

Four-star Isaac Garcia (Belluvue HS, Washington) verbally committed to USC Monday night via Twitter. Garcia is a 6'4", 220-pound tight end/defensive end.

Sark Talks Class of 2015 Early Commits

USC head coach Steve Sarkisian talks about three Class of 2015 early commits, QB Ricky Town, LB Cameron Smith and OL Chuma Edoga, that have already signed their financial aid agreements.

5-Star OL Chuma Edoga Signed, Sealed & Delivered

McEachern High School five-star offensive lineman Chuma Edoga signed his early enrollment financial aid agreement with USC setting him up to enroll in January.

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2016 Recruit Impressed With USC's Sales Pitch

Five-star 2016 OLB Caleb Kelly (Clovis West) was extremely impressed with the Trojan package, posting this positive message on his twitter account. Under coach Steve Sarkisian, the Trojans are looking to gain a firm footing in California recruiting in the years to come. We are still a long way away from National Signing Day for the 2016 recruiting class, but the coaching staff has unveiled a whole bunch of locker room plaques like this one to lure in the nation's top talent.

Make That 17 Verbal Commitments

The verbal commitments just keep coming.

Ricky Town Signed, Sealed and Delivered

It's not technically official, but Ricky Town signed some important documentation to secure his stakes as USC's biggest quarterback commit in the 2015 recruiting class.

Trojans Land 3* WR Tristan Payton

Tee Martin lands another dangerous pass-catching threat.