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WeAreSC Recruiting Mailbag

7/26/2012
Even if Silas Redd was to transfer to USC from Penn State, it's highly doubtful the commitments of running backs Ty Isaac (pictured) or Justin Davis would be affected. Tom Hauck/ESPNHS

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

Sean (Las Vegas, Nev.): If Silas Redd transfers from Penn State to USC, should USC fans be concerned that it might soften the commitments of either [Ty] Isaac or [Justin] Davis?

No. Projected starting tailback Curtis McNeal is a senior, so he won't be around when Isaac or Davis arrive on campus. If Redd, a junior, were to transfer to USC, Isaac and Davis would have to compete against him for only one year. That's really what it narrows down to: Competition.

There are other tailbacks on the depth chart, too. D.J. Morgan will be a redshirt junior, while Tre Madden and Buck Allen will be redshirt sophomores. Recruits know the talent level is always high at USC and, by committing to the Trojans, the impression is they aren't afraid to compete. A transfer by Redd wouldn't change that.

Gerald (San Bernardino, Calif.): With [Vernon] Hargreaves cutting USC from his list, who are some dark horses we might land?

I think Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) safety Tahaan Goodman is the obvious candidate, given his interest in the Trojans and relation to cornerback commit Chris Hawkins. But USC already has commitments from two highly coveted safeties -- Su'a Cravens and Max Redfield -- so it's not necessarily a glaring need for the current class. Another cornerback would do the Trojans good, and there might not be a better option than Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos de Niza's Priest Willis, the nation's fourth-ranked safety who might eventually end up playing on the edges in college.

Twin brothers Tyree and Tyrell Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) would be my choices, but there currently isn't room for both of them. They have indicated they're a packaged deal, and would walk-on for basketball at whichever school they choose. Four-star defensive end Torrodney Prevot (Houston, Texas/Alief Taylor) is also one to look out for.

Robert Harley (Lexington, Ky.): When current players transfer, will that allow for more 2013 class recruits?

No. Under the NCAA mandated sanctions, USC is limited to 15 scholarships per year no matter how many current players transfer out.

Milt (Phoenix, Ariz.): Now that we have all these great players committed for 2013, what are the coaches permitted to do to keep them on board? What does the NCAA allow as far as contacts, extra visits, or any other perks between now and LOI day. If they are local can they get tickets for games or stop by to visit with the coaches? Would love to know what is approved to keep recruits.

Each recruit can officially visit five different schools, and Trojans commits have indicated that the coaching staff is fine with them taking trips as long as USC gets the last one. Coaches are allowed to make one off-campus visit to a recruit during the 42-day quiet period and six in-person visits during the contact period. Any extra visits by recruits to a given campus would have to be unofficial.