USC has recruited well at nearby Los Angeles Loyola the last two years, beating out a handful of Pac-12 programs for the signature of four-star offensive tackle Chris Brown in the 2013 class and landing a verbal commitment from three-star defensive end Christian Rector just two days into fall camp.
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The Trojans also appear to be in good shape for the local high school's next standout, three-star athlete David Long of the 2016 class. Long made it to campus recently to check out USC in its first practice of fall camp and walked away impressed.
"My recruitment there is starting to get going," Long said. "It's my third time coming to campus; I went to their normal camp, then Rising Stars earlier this summer, and back again for practice. All the coaches recognized me, and I have a really good relationship with coach Tee Martin and coach Keith Heyward."
Though the coaches have yet to outline a specific position, Long is intrigued by both sides of the ball. He had a solid showing in the 7-on-7 passing league circuit this past spring, helping him accumulate nine scholarship offers.
"Right now they are recruiting me at receiver and defensive back. I played both of those at Rising Stars," the 6-foot, 170-pound Long said. "But at most camps, I play receiver. It's a better feel for me. I like they way they develop players, and they like my route running.
"Coach (Steve) Sarkisian spoke with me and remembered me from their camp, and he told me he's definitely going to be watching me. Maybe an offer will come during the season, depending on how I'm doing, but I'm not sure how close I am."
Long admitted he had his eyes set on Stanford early in the recruiting process, but USC's upset of the Cardinal at the Coliseum last year changed that.
"An offer from USC would be big," Long said. "It's one of those schools that is always going to be up there for me given the vicinity and the people I know there, including Nelson Agholor, Kevon Seymour, commits Taeon Mason and Desean Holmes, and potentially Marvell Tell."
Long has been hearing from Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, and is considering in-season unofficial visits to Stanford, Colorado, Notre Dame and Michigan State.
Blair Angulo covers the West region and USC for Rivals. Click here to follow him on Twitter.
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