- Blair Angulo, Reporter, WeAreSC.com
WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it here.
Alan Y. (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.): I know it's a long way until signing day. Besides the projected early enrollment players, which of our verbal commits seem most likely to sign in February?
Not counting Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline quarterback Max Browne, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley defensive end Kylie Fitts and Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln running back Justin Davis -- the three candidates to enroll early -- it appears that USC can bank on Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta safety Su'a Cravens, Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow, Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy running back Ty Isaac and Concord (Calif.) De La Salle linebacker Michael Hutchings to sign in February. They are as close to locks as there is in modern recruiting. And while everyone is considered "solid" in their stance with the Trojans, other schools don't figure to suddenly stop recruiting USC commits.
Erik (Portland, Ore.) Did SC have a chance at any Penn State DL prospects?
Incoming freshman Jamil Pollard (Westville, N.J./West Deptford), a 6-foot-4, 280-pound tackle with scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama and Florida in high school, might have been one to pursue. Pollard opted to stay close to home, though, transferring to Rutgers.
Jooho Kwon (Yorba Linda, Calif.): What's the latest on Silas Redd?
Redd is expected to arrive at USC on Friday and be ready for Monday's opening practice. He's a much-needed addition to a depleted backfield, which means highly touted incoming freshman Nelson Agholor will likely play his natural receiver position.
Shaun Macc (Ontario, Canada): Blair, of the 18 we have committed, do you see anybody possibly de-committing? This class appears to be extremely talented and I can imagine it would be tough to want to go somewhere else when these guys all have seemed to buy into playing together and building something special. Barring any unforeseen circumstances do you believe there may be any decommittments between now and February? If so who and why?
I'd actually be more surprised if there weren't any decommitments from now until February, not because there are any indications of wavering but because we're still six months away from signing day. Situations change, especially after 17-year-olds take official visits. For USC to hold onto these 18 recruits for another half year would be truly astonishing. It should make for a fun football season.
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