Spring football practice does not begin until March, but six members of USC's 2016 recruiting class are already in classes. USC is already expected to have one of the best recruiting classes in the Pac-12, currently headlined by defensive lineman Wole Betiku.
The five-star defensive lineman is one of the six enrollees and is universally ranked as a top-5 player at his position. Betiku is a beast at 6'4" and 239 pounds with the speed to run a sub 4.6 40-yard dash. Not only is he a physical freak, but he comes in to immediately fill a position of need as the USC defensive line is decimated, losing four seniors.
Betiku is one of two current commits from Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California, a breeding ground for USC recruits. Last year, Serra provided the Trojans with two four-star recruits in DT Rasheem Greene and LB John Houston Jr., as well as three-star receiver Deontay Burnett. The other recent enrollee is safety C.J. Pollard. Pollard is a 6'1" safety ranked as the 14th best safety by Scout.com.
Two wide receivers have already joined the recruiting class of 2016 as Michael Pittman and Josh Imatorbhebhe are enrolled in classes as well. Both Pittman and Imatorbhebhe were present at a throwing session with Max Browne and a few other receivers Monday. Pittman sat out as he is still recovering from a broken collarbone, but the 6'2" Imatorbhebhe from Georgia got in some early work.
Pittman is a great get for the Trojans; Scout.com ranks him as the No. 4 receiver and No. 29 overall player in this class. Pittman is a five-star recruit and stands almost six-foot, five inches tall, giving USC another red-zone threat, something they've been missing. With development, Pittman has a chance to star opposite JuJu Smith-Schuster, giving USC a dynamic pair of young receivers.
Rounding out the remaining enrollees are three-star quarterback Matt Fink and four-star offensive lineman Nathan Smith. Fink is a local product from Glendora High School and is ranked as the 28th quarterback in the class by Scout but as the 9th best by 247sports.
Smith has good size for an offensive lineman at 6'6" but is a little on the lighter side at 260 pounds. With the offensive tackle positions held down by Zach Banner and Chuma Edoga, Smith will have time to add weight and develop technique before being thrust into game action. With the depth USC has on the offensive line, Smith could be a redshirt candidate, depending on how the rest of the recruiting class pans out.