Recruiting: USC prospects begin play

The USC Trojans aren't the only ones getting the season started this weekend as many of the local high schools teams will open the season as well, which means plenty of USC prospects in action.

There will be a marquee matchup on Friday night at Cerritos College when Servite hosts Bishop Gorman. The Trojans will be represented on the Friars' side with verbal OL commit Clayton Johnston, and Servite also has wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, who has a USC offer, and underclass DB Micah Croom, who transferred from LB Poly. Bishop Gorman has been ranked in the preseason as the top team in the country by at least one publication and they also feature a receiver with a Trojan offer in Cordell Broadus.

Both of USC's quarterback commits will hit the field. Sam Darnold and San Clemente will host Garfield on Friday as Darnold looks to return with a splash after missing the majority of the 2013 season. Ricky Town and St. Bonaventure will wait until Saturday night to travel to San Diego to take on traditional power Helix. The Seraphs also feature Class of 2016 USC verbal Daelin Hayes at linebacker.

Mission Viejo -- which has USC verbal Cole Smith at center -- will host a two-day event that sees the Diablos facing Liberty of Bakersfield on Friday night. On Saturday, elite CB recruit Iman Marshall and LB Poly will meet LA City power Crenshaw while Mater Dei and Corona Centennial will face off. This lineup is primed to be a good pair of games.

Crespi and safety Marvell Tell will play host to Sylmar on Friday, the Serra Cavaliers and their multiple USC prospects will host Lakewood, DL verbal Christian Rector and Loyola play Harvard-Westlake, CB verbal Taeon Mason and Muir travel to Salesian while Alemany and USC verbal receiver Desean Holmes will play host to Los Osos. Trojans OL verbal Roy Hemsley and Windward play Friday afternoon at home against Saddleback Valley Christian.

There will also be several Class of 2016 offers in action when Santa Margarita (QB K.J. Costello) opens against Bishop Amat (athletes Trevon Sidney and Tyler Vaughns).

Other recruiting notes

  • Class of 2015 cornerback Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly), the No. 8 overall ranked prospect in the ESPN 300, announced via twitter last week that he will take official visits to Florida State, LSU, Michigan and Notre Dame, with his fifth and final visit going to either Oklahoma or Texas. The Trojans were noticeably absent from his list, but they are still heavily in the mix for his services, along with UCLA and Stanford. Marshall has long maintained he doesn't feel the need to use his official trips on the in-state programs because he can unofficially visit them whenever he wants. He has been spotted at USC on numerous occasions already, including at least twice in the past month

  • Class of 2015 USC commit Chuma Edoga (Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern) recently revealed he plans on taking an official visit to in-state Georgia at some point in the future. The 6-foot-4, 277-pound ESPN 300 offensive tackle originally gave a verbal pledge to the Trojans in late April, and says he still considers himself 100 percent committed to USC.

  • Another Trojans offensive tackle commit for the Class of 2015, 6-6 Roy Hemsley, currently weighs in at 307 pounds. He was listed at anywhere from 250 to 270 pounds last season.

  • Class of 2015 USC target Ykili Ross (Riverside, Calif./Poly) has recently scheduled three official visits -- to Oklahoma (Sept. 12), Notre Dame (Oct. 3) and Miami (Nov. 14). The ESPN 300 athlete also has strong interest in USC and UCLA among others, and he was in attendance at a recent Trojans practice.

  • Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro wide receiver Christian Kirk, the No. 36 overall ranked prospect in the ESPN 300, has set up official visits to Texas A&M (Sept. 12) and Auburn (Oct. 4). He recently listed off a top six that included the Aggies and Tigers, as well as USC, UCLA, Arizona State and Ohio State, and said he definitely plans to also use an official visit on the Trojans -- likely sometime in October.

  • ESPN 300 offensive lineman Josh Wariboko (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady) listed a top eight that included USC along with UCLA, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Louisville and California. He has already set up an official visit with the Bruins (Nov. 22), and he's also expressed interest in scheduling one with the Trojans.

  • One Class of 2016 prospect who has drawn heavy interest from USC as of late is Shurod Thompson (Pittsburg, Calif./Pittsburg). The ESPN Junior 300 safety doesn't currently hold an offer from the Trojans, although that could certainly change. He's already been offered by UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, California and Oregon State among others.