In the unpredictable world of recruiting, it's great to get five-star prospects. But a team's success often comes down to coaching and player development.
In looking back at USC's 2012 defense, The Trojans did some good things, but their inability to stop up-tempo spread offense was their downfall.
USC's offensive stars in their part in a 38-17 win over Arizona State, but it was the surprisingly dominate play of the defense that really shined.
Defensive tackle Leonard Williams is the latest in the long line of Florida freshman who have instantly made an impact at USC.
A look at the expected and unexpected performances throughout the first half of the season.
Preseason expectations had USC hoping to ride a veteran OL while riding out growing pains from a young DL. The first four games haven't exactly played out in that way.
A look at how the newcomers on USC's roster have done during the first four games of 2012.
An easy victory gave USC Trojans coach Lane Kiffin a chance to empty the benches early against Hawaii, giving first-year players some valuable experience.
News, notes and nuggets from inside the USC lockeroom after Saturday's season-opening win against Hawaii
USC has had its share of defensive linemen come in as freshman and make an impact. Leonard Williams might be the next in line to do that.
USC Trojans wide receiver De'Von Flournoy ready to be a visible part of the offense
Summer workouts give USC's incoming players a chance to make a case for immediate playing time, with JC transfer safety Gerald Bowman and a pair of Floridians some Trojans to watch.
Rumors of the demise of USC's national recruiting prowess have been severely exaggerated, as the Trojans are flexing their national recruiting muscles.
After an uncharacteristic 8-3 season a year ago, Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2014 recruits Dwight Williams and Adoree' Jackson want to bring the Cavaliers another championship.
The Newhall (Calif.) Hart 2015 combination of quarterback Brady White and wide receiver Trenton Irwin sizzled for B2G Scorch in 7-on-7 play this past weekend.
Tee Martin has been on a nonstop recruiting tour of the Southeast during the spring evaluation period. Considering the emphasis Lane Kiffin puts on SEC country, that's a big show of confidence in the first-year assistant.