WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it here.
Mike Hugill (San Jose, Calif.): Blair, as thrilled as I am to see our Trojans cherry pick for the next recruiting class, I am reminded that they are 17- and 18-year-olds and very impressionable to other schools' promises. What does SC do between now and February to keep this incredible class together for signing day?
Win, win, win on the field.
The USC coaches have proven they can win recruiting battles, but the more the team wins this season, the more attractive the program becomes. Though a Pac-12 championship would be enough to convince many recruits, a BCS title would make their choice a no-brainer. But if the Trojans lose two or three games, falling out of championship contention, doubt could creep into recruits' minds and provide ammunition for rival coaches.
Tyler (San Marino, Calif.): If Laremy Tunsil decided he wanted to go to USC, who would lose their scholarship?
Tunsil, the nation's third-ranked prospect and top-ranked offensive lineman, recently said he'd use one of his five official visits USC, along with Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss. If Tunsil decids he wants to become a Trojan, my guess is that a defensive lineman would be the casualty. USC has five DL commitments, including three ends, and losing one wouldn't be a catastrophic blow.
Paul McCormick (Las Vegas, Nev.): At this time, how many scholarships are still available for the next class?
None, for now. USC can only sign 15 for the 2013 class, and three more early enrollees since it only took in 12 last year. That makes 18, and the Trojans have 18 verbal commitments at this time.
Mike (Oakland, Calif.): What are your impressions of Michael Hutchings?
I covered the CIF state championship game last year between Hutchings' Concord De La Salle and Westlake, and Hutchings took over on defense. He's an absolute game changer with quick instincts and vision. USC picked a very, very good linebacker for this class.
Motovich (South Bay): If a few of the current commits fall off, who do you see as the 3-4 most likely candidates to commit?
Four-star safety Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), who has USC in his top three, is an option. Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga), despite his national attention, has always liked the Trojans. Twins Tyree and Tyrell Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) are highly intriguing prospects with tremendous upside. Four-star defensive end Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland) is one of the better local players that is still available.