When Steve Sarkisian left USC to become the head coach at Washington in 2008, he did so facing an uphill climb. Without any head-coaching experience and at an unfamiliar place, he was tasked with turning around a once-proud program that had gone 0-12 the season before.
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With the news that the Trojans received a verbal commitment over the weekend from one of the top quarterbacks in the Class of 2015, there was automatically a lot of message board speculation about the state of the USC depth chart at the position in future years.
The Trojans currently have 15 commitments for 19 spots available in the Class of 2014 and early spring enrollments. Here is how the spots fill out for the commitments that have been made so far: QB (1) Jalen Greene RB (0) WR (1) Rahshead Johnson TE (1) Bryce Dixon OL (4) Viane Talamaivao, Toa Lobendahn, Chris Brown, Jordan Austin DL (3) Malik Dorton, Don Hill, Claudeson Pelon LB (2) Olajuwon Tucker, Uchenna Nwosu DB (3) Jonathan Lockett, Ajene Harris, John Plattenburg Greene, Lobendahn, Austin and Hill have already enrolled for the spring semester.
LOS ANGELES -- Steve Sarkisian hasn't been back at USC long -- just over six weeks to be exact -- but as he spoke to a gathering of reporters inside the John McKay Center on Tuesday afternoon, it became apparent that the new head coach certainly isn't tempering his optimism.