One of the biggest priorities for the USC Trojans in this recruiting class is the defensive line.
You have to imagine that Ed Orgeron -- who serves as the defensive line coach and the recruiting coordinator at USC -- has to relish the opportunity to load up at players for his position group.
The Trojans are off to a great start with verbal commits from two defensive linemen in the ESPN 150; No. 10 Kenny Bigelow from Elkton (Md.) Eastern Academy and No. 90 Kylie Fitts from Redland (Calif.) Redlands East Valley. Bigelow is targeted for the three-technique spot while Fitts will begin his career at defensive end.
Another top target ranked in the ESPN 150 is Joe Mathis from Upland (Calif.) High School at No. 120. Mathis (6-foot4, 250) walked away from the Los Angeles NFTC with defensive line MVP honors and an invitation to The Opening. He’s got a quick burst off the line for a defensive end, the aggressive mentality of a linebacker and the body size to possibly grow into an interior player. The Trojans are considered a team that will be in it until the end for Mathis but he’s also been impressed by recent trips to Michigan and Nebraska.
The highest-rated California defensive lineman in the ESPN 150 is Eddie Vanderdoes from Auburn (Calif.) Placer HS at No. 56 and he doesn’t have an SC offer. The Trojans need interior linemen and Vanderdoes measures in at 6-foot-3, 285 pounds with offers from such national powers as Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan, Oregon, Georgia and Notre Dame. You have to imagine he will continue to get a long look from Orgeron and the USC coaches as the recruiting process goes along.