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WeAreSC Recruiting Mailbag

7/6/2012

WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it here.

Ed (Las Cruces, N.M.): Following events at The Opening, do you think Oregon picks up any advantage by having Nike bring the top 150 players to their backyard each year? I'm sure a lot of them visit while they are there. Thanks.

Let's just say it can't be a disadvantage. Take for instance the case of The Opening attendee Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), who told me last weekend his looming decision was down to local choices USC and UCLA. Falah is scheduled to commit on July 11, but not before visiting Oregon on Monday. He figures he's up there already and might as well take a look before making the biggest decision of his life.

Greg (Bellingham, Wash.): With next year's recruiting class filling up and a lot of offers out there, how does the staff handle the balance between wanting to give high-value recruits the time to make their choice and still not discourage kids who are ready to commit?

It's all about being selective on who to offer in the first place. Sure, coaches prioritize based on positional need and available slots, but if an athlete like Su'a Cravens wants to commit, you take him in a heartbeat.

Vlad (Manhattan Beach, Calif.): Keith Bryant was at Rising Stars Camp. How did he do? What are SC's chances of getting a commitment from him?

Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic Community) told me he was "unblockable" at Rising Stars Camp, so at least we know how he viewed his own performance. The bad news on Bryant: His commitment to Miami (Fla.) is firm. The good news: He enjoyed his stay in California so much that he intends to use one of his official visits on USC. Still, there are other high-caliber defensive linemen that USC would love to land.

George: Assume we want to take two offensive linemen, it appears Falah is one we want. Who are names of the other candidates?

It looks like four-star Khaliel Rodgers (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) and three-star Sean Harlow (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) are the next two big targets to possibly land an offer from the Trojans. USC coaches were hoping to get a good look at the 6-foot-2, 323-pound Rodgers at the Rising Stars Camp, but he missed it due to a summer school engagement. Harlow has offers from basically all of the Pac-12 plus Boise State, Nebraska and Wisconsin.