The USC Trojans got good news the last two weeks, landing 4-star cornerback Chris Hawkins and top-ranked 2013 quarterback Max Browne, but the optimism was tempered by Tre Madden’s season-ending knee injury.
Last weekend, Hawkins put on a show at the Los Angeles Nike Camp, taking home MVP honors among cornerbacks before selecting USC over Pac-12 rival Stanford.
A few days later, Max Browne, the top quarterback recruit from the class of 2013, also committed to USC. Browne picked the Trojans over his home state Washington Huskies and the Oklahoma Sooners, even though the Trojans already have three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster for 2013 – Cody Kessler, Max Wittek, and Jesse Scroggins.
After two big recruiting wins, USC suffered a big loss on Thursday, when Madden suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice.
Madden, who played linebacker for the Trojans as a freshman in 2011, switched to running back this spring to add much-needed depth at the position. He quickly became on...