Four-star safety Hatari Byrd committed to Oklahoma on Thursday, becoming the Sooners' first commit from California for the class of 2013.
USC added its 11th commitment on Sunday, as the commitment of the No. 59 player in the country, OLB Michael Hutchings, gives the Trojans nine in the ESPN 150.
Two days after the Trojans received a verbal commitment from running back Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic), USC landed another tailback, as Justin Davis (Stockton, Calif./Lincoln) announced his commitment to the Trojans on Thursday.
With Matt Kalil poised to become an early pick in Thursday's NFL draft, he will join a strong USC legacy of offensive tackles in the draft.
A veteran USC defense continued to make strides in the spring, especially in the secondary.
Injuries made it hard to fully evaluate the USC offense during spring ball, but several Trojans showed signs of potential.
USC tailback Tre Madden tore a ligament in his knee and will be out for the 2012 season, according to a school news release
Inspired by former USC wide receiver Brandon Carswell, junior De'Von Flournoy is making the most of spring ball, moving up from the bottom of the depth chart.
New USC DB coach Marvin Sanders hasn't wasted any time connecting with his veteran players, using a boisterous personality to win the players over.
Building a defensive tackle rotation with freshmen and sophomores is a big challenge for USC DL coach Ed Orgeron; Marqise Lee, D.J. Morgan offensive bright spots on a day dominated by the D.
Matt Kalil has felt comfortable and prepared for all of the events that lead up to the draft as his older brother has been through it.
USC coach Lane Kiffin was pleased with the team's effort in the first spring practice, which saw rising sophomore George Farmer dazzle at wide receiver.
With postseason now an option and expectations through the roof, the Trojans are trying to maintain the even-handed approach that paid off last season.
Injuries, inexperience and bad luck doomed USC to a disastrous season, but help is on the way for a Trojans program that sorely needs it.
John Baxter might not have gotten much acclaim when hired as USC's special teams coach two years ago, but his aggressive approach to special teams and academics has made an impact.
USC's freshmen linebackers were a strength last season. Now sophomores, the sky is the limit for Dion Bailey, Hayes Pullard and Lamar Dawson.