Defensive end recruiting analysis

So much attention has been paid to the Trojans losing the commitment of Arik Armstead (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove). While getting him back into the class is a priority, there are two out-of-state defensive ends that would go a long way toward lessening the blow if Armstead does indeed sign somewhere else.

The first is Noah Spence (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt), the No. 4 player in the ESPNU 150 and a likely first-year contributor wherever he ends up. Spence has been relatively quiet about his college intentions, but most believe it will be a three-team race between Florida, LSU and Penn State. However, Spence has always included USC in his top group and has said before that he would like to visit Los Angeles. There is no guarantee that he will make it out to USC on an official visit, but the Trojans coaches proved last season that they can close in a big way with January weekends.

Additionally, the Trojans, led by Monte Kiffin, have been involved with Tyriq McCord (Tampa/Jefferson), the No. 99 player in the ESPNU 150 and a recruit who has kept USC among his top four schools after visiting the campus this past summer. McCord was in attendance for USC's Rising Stars Camp and very much enjoyed the way USC coaches run their program. USC will definitely get a visit from McCord, according to his head coach, and if the Trojans are able to overcome the distance issue, they could add a 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end capable of early playing time.