USC looks better in the spring because of the play of freshman defensive end Drake Jackson and sophomore linebacker Palaie Gaoteote.
But will that be enough to compensate for the secondary, where cornerback will be a position a weakness?
This seems to be a key question. Even practice observers I’ve talked to for outside opinions tell me the cornerbacks are a problem.
There will be an influx of freshmen in the fall who are not here now. But an NFL coach told me last week, “Was Deion Sanders good as a freshman? I don’t care who comes in. They will be freshmen.”