Newcomers ready for next step

LOS ANGELES -- The summer workout sessions are rapidly approaching for the USC Trojans, a critical time in the offseason preparations for a team looking to compete for championships this year.

One of the huge benefits of these sessions is the opportunity for incoming players to arrive early on campus, begin taking classes and take part in the on-field workouts with their new teammates.

There was a time not too long ago where a few freshmen might have come in for the summer session, but now it is commonplace for virtually the entire recruiting class to show up once their high school or junior college classes are done.