Will the Trojans end up with the Pac-12's best class on National Signing Day?
USC climbed back to the top of the Pac-12 this season by going 11–2 and beating Stanford for a second time to win the conference championship game, earning a trip to the Cotton Bowl.
In his second season in charge, coach Clay Helton guided the Trojans to 10 wins, the first consecutive 10-win seasons for USC since they did it seven consecutive times from 2002-2008. A blowout loss to Notre Dame was too much for the Trojans to overcome to make the College Football Playoff, but the team was able to stay ranked in the Top 25 all season for the first time since 2008.
Here's a look at USC's 2018 signing class as it lockes into place. All ratings are according to 247 Sports.
Palaie Gaoteote, ILB, Bishop Gorman (Nev.) - 5 stars (Signed)
JT Daniels, QB, Mater Dei (Calif.) - 5 stars (Committed)
Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Mater Dei (Calif.) - 5 stars (Committed)
Talanoa Hufanga, ATH, Crescent Valley (Ore.) - 4 stars (Signed)
Justin Dedich, C, Chaparral (Calif.) - 4 stars (Signed)
Chase Williams, CB, Eleanor Roosevelt (Calif.) - 4 stars (Signed)
Raymond Scott, OLB, Narbonne (Calif.) - 4 stars (Signed)
Abdul-Malik McClain, WDE, J Serra Catholic (Calif.) - 4 stars (Signed)
Trevor Trout, DT, Chaminade (Mo.) - 4 stars (Committed)
Markese Stepp, RB, Cathedral (Ind.) - 4 stars (Signed)
Caleb Tremblay, DT, American River C.C. (Calif.) - 4 stars (Signed)
Marcus Johnson, CB, Villa Park (Calif.) - 4 stars (Committed)
Kana'i Mauga, OLB, Waianae (Hawaii) - 4 stars (Signed)
Eli'jah Winston, ILB, Central Catholic (Ore.) - 4 stars (Committed)
Liam Douglass, OT, Harvard Westlake (Calif.) - 3 stars (Signed)