With the 2013 season in the books, here's a look at 10 USC players who have flown under the radar, but who, either through strong performances in their limited opportunities during games, or in practice, have shown that they just might be ready to take on a larger role in 2014.
Summer school classes started last week at USC, with all six of the non-early enrollee freshmen arriving on campus. Now that Michael Hutchings, Steven Mitchell, Quinton Powell, Ty Isaac, Khaliel Rodgers and Nico Falah have arrived, it means the entire Trojans 2013 signing class is in school and available for summer workouts if healthy.
about 290 days ago | Garry Paskwietz | USC Trojans
It's not that four-star defensive end Malik Dorton (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) had grown disillusioned, but he was thinking rationally. Childhood favorite USC had extended scholarship offers to 12 other defensive ends, including two from the West Coast in Qualen Cunningham (Chandler, Ariz.
about 314 days ago | Blair Angulo | NCF On The Trail
ESPN Watch List offensive tackle Jordan Poland (La Jolla, Calif./Country Day School) committed to USC last June, long before the Trojans stumbled through a disappointing season and replaced his future position coach, James Cregg, with Mike Summers.
about 332 days ago | Blair Angulo | On The Trail: West Region
The Trojans hit Brian Kennedy-Howard Jones Field one last time on Thursday before they take part in the team's spring game on Saturday in the Coliseum. Donning shorts and helmets, the practice was the least physical of the last four and a half weeks -- a fact not surprising considering a total of 20 players have been ruled out for Saturday's contest including Randall Telfer, Antwaun Woods, De'Von Flournoy and Jabari Ruffin -- all suffering injuries within the last week.