USC recruiting update: Countdown to signing day

USC recruiting update: Trojans 2015 recruiting class could be overcrowded

USC’s 2015 recruiting class is taking shape – and appears possibly overcrowded – as next week’s signing day approaches.

The Trojans have 15 verbal commitments for 19 available scholarships. Coaches continue to recruit more players than available scholarships, which could cause a numbers crunch.

At least four targets – Long Beach Poly High cornerback Iman Marshall, Los Angeles Salesian defensive lineman Kevin Scott and Gardena Serra linebacker John Houston and Rasheem Green – are scheduled to announce commitments on signing day, Feb. 4.

Salem Hills (Utah) linebacker Porter Gustin could also wait until signing day to announce a decision.

USC recently offered a scholarship to Valencia athlete Jay Jay Wilson, Scout.com reported. The offer is considered late for the 2015 class.

These players have verbally committed to USC: quarterback Sam Darnold, tight end Tyler Petite, receiver De’Quan Hampton, running backs Aca’Cedric Ware, Dominic Davis and Ronald Jones, offensive linemen Clayton Johnston and Cole Smith, defensive linemen Jacob Daniel, Noah Jefferson and Christian Rector, linebacker Osa Masina and defensive backs Isaiah Langley, Ykili Ross and Marvell Tell.

Quarterback Ricky Town, linebacker Cameron Smith, receiver Isaac Whitney and offensive linemen Roy Hemsley and Chuma Edoga are enrolled for the spring semester.

Mason and Payton go elsewhere

Taeon Mason and Tristan Payton, who had long been in the USC camp, recently withdrew their commitments and pledged to other schools.

Mason, a cornerback from Pasadena Muir, announced on Twitter that he would sign with Washington State.

Payton, a receiver from Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast, tweeted his commitment to the University of Central Florida.

Others in the 2015 recruiting class who have withdrawn commitments to USC include quarterback David Sills, who enrolled early at West Virginia, and receiver Desean Holmes, who has not indicated where he will wind up.

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