USC football wraps up top recruiting class of 2015 National Signing Day
It's not the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff Top 25 poll, but USC coach Steve Sarkisian will take it.
As the dust settled on Wednesday's frenetic National Signing Day, Coach Sarkisian and his staff assembled the No. 1 recruiting class in the country according to Scout.com's team rankings. The Trojans, who finished 9-4 last season including a victory over Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl, are thinking big going forward.
"These guys all came here to be the best," Sarkisian said. "They all came here to win championships. They didn't come here to just come here for three years and then go on to the NFL. I really believe we've shifted the mindset here to win championships. The NFL is a byproduct of those championships and the better we are as a team, they better opportunities they'll have down the road."
Per Scout.com's rankings, the Trojans added a quartet of five-star recruits: defensive back Iman Marshall (No. 7 recruit overall), linebacker Osa Masina (No. 19), defensive lineman Rasheem Green (No. 22) and offensive lineman Chuma Edoga (No. 35). USC also signed 15 four-star recruits and seven three-star recruits to round out its recruiting class.
Sarkisian spent seven years with the USC program during two different stints, so he has a strong sense for the school's history and tradition. In his first full cycle as the Trojans' head coach, Sarkisian said it was easy to pitch his program to youngsters across the country.
"I think we have an amazing brand here at USC. It's an amazing product. If you were in sales, which really in recruiting we are, this place is unbelivable. The history, the tradition that we stand for; the quality of education that you're getting now. ... This campus is just buzzing."
Coupled with UCLA's No. 4 spot in the rankings, it marked the first time that two Pac-12 schools finished in the top five of Scout.com's recruiting rankings.
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