The defensive end position has been one of the more confounding spots for the USC coaches as they look to put together the class of 2012. Arik Armstead's decommitment left a huge hole at the spot that simply couldn't be filled by an in-state prospect. As a result, the USC coaches have set their sights on some top prospects from across the country. And in the case of Tyriq McCord (Tampa, Fla./Jefferson), way across the country.
McCord's final top five features four schools relatively close to home -- Georgia, Miami, South Carolina and Florida -- and one outlier -- USC. Although, the Trojans seem to be right in the hunt.
"Everybody knows from my top five or top six (schools) that USC is the best college I ever visited, and I explained that to them," McCord told ESPN HornsNation's William Wilkerson during Army Bowl practices. "I fell in love with the campus when I visited. I didn't really get too in depth with it -- that's why I am going to take an official (visit) there. The broadcast communication program is great. The tradition there -- they haven't changed their weight room at all -- I like that because it's a tradition, it's a legacy. So many people have gone through there and they haven't changed anything."
McCord will officially visit USC on Jan. 20, which he will add to official visits already taken to Miami, South Carolina and Georgia.
Of those visits, McCord put Georgia on top in terms of which visit stood out the most, although many who have followed McCord's recruitment believe South Carolina and Florida could be the teams to beat.
McCord said he is looking for a few specific things when choosing a school in the coming weeks.
"Trust in the coaches, their coaching ability, the coaches' personalities and the players too," he said. "You know a lot of schools will provide you with an education, so I am just looking for coaches that I can trust all four years so I can graduate."