DuckTerritory's "Pick One" series rolls on as we take a look at the USC Trojans' current recruiting class and ask Duck fans, "Who is the one recruit you would love to see Oregon have?"
Oregon fans would be beyond thrilled to have a player like Cravens in Eugene.
Before the 2012 season even began, many college football prognosticators had already placed USC in the BCS National Championship game. Coming off a 10-2 season with NFL talent in quarterback Matt Barkley and wide receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee returning, why wouldn't you? Yet, with all that raw talent and all that perceived momentum, the Trojans floundered in epic fashion as a 21-7 loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl seemed like a fitting end to what turned out to be a disastrous season in the Land of Troy. With a top five recruiting class currently committed to embattled head coach Lane Kiffin, the hope in Los Angeles is that the Trojans can turn things around quickly and return to their rightful place near the top of the Pac-12 Conference. Currently, USC has 14 verbal commitments -- all of which are rated a four-star or better by 247Composite. While recruiting sanctions will prevent the Trojans from bringing in a full class, USC has done an outstanding job maximizing each available spot by bringing some of the nation's best high school talent. Defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow, quarterback Max Browne, and defensive backs Su'a Cravens, Jalen Ramsey, and Leon McQuay III represent the five-star talent that is presently pledged to the Trojans.
Five-star athlete Su'a Cravens -- 6'1", 205 lbs. -- Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta
There are few football players at the high school level that are as dominant in virtually every facet of the game than Su'a Cravens. Lined up as a running back, wide receiver, defensive back, or linebacker, Cravens brings a rare element of size, speed, athleticism, and tremendous football instincts to the table, making him one of the premier high school football players in the United States. About 10 seconds of his high school footage is all you'll need to realize how special a talent Cravens is and how excited the USC faithful are to bring in such a dynamic player.
Though Cravens could be a five-star player at no less than four positions, the defensive side of the ball is likely where Cravens will make his biggest impact. If Oregon were to take one player from USC's class, Cravens might be the top choice, considering the Ducks' needs at both defensive back and linebacker in this cycle. In fact, linebacker might be where Cravens' future is brightest, where his 6'1", 205-pound frame could allow him to add additional weight while still retaining the freakish athleticism his possesses. In Oregon's defensive schemes he would likely be able to carve out his own position of sorts, flexing seamlessly between linebacker and safety, providing the Duck defense with the kind of playmaking ability that could rival the Oregon offense.