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WeAreSC Recruiting Mailbag

9/14/2012

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

Zack Smith (Garden Grove, Calif.): 
When it's all said and done, will Max Redfield be a Trojan?


I think yes.

Redfield is very much solid with the Trojans. He loves the locale, loves the tradition, the defensive scheme, how free safeties are utilized. Plus, Redfield is excited about the prospect of playing alongside good friend Su'a Cravens in the USC secondary. There are many appealing factors.

But, like most recruits, Redfield intends on taking some official visits to leave no stone unturned. He likes Notre Dame, LSU and Washington as possible trips, but is ultimately committed to the Trojans and it'd be an all-time shocker if he didn't end up in Los Angeles.

Joshua Resendez (Parlier, Calif.): With recruit Sebastian LaRue seeming like a likely defector, who would SC go after the hardest with a spot opening up?

With limited scholarship numbers I found it peculiar that LaRue was even offered a spot in this class, given the presence of ESPN 150 receiver Steven Mitchell (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany). It has nothing to do with LaRue's capabilities, but rather the similarities: LaRue and Mitchell are both 5-11, quick and shifty, and unforgiving in open space. To have two of the same player in one class, given the shortage of scholarships, is a bit odd. If LaRue were to defect, I'd expect USC to fill the void with an entirely different player type. You'd have to assume USC would go after five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) the hardest.

Michael (Pasadena, Calif.): What's the latest on Ty Isaac's injury?

Isaac, who had been out since the opener with a shoulder injury, made an unexpected return last week to lead Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy to a 33-20 victory. He rushed 94 yards and two touchdowns despite starting the game on the bench, unsure if he'd be available. Isaac gave it a go and it turned out well for him.

Willis Chang (via Twitter @wchang34): Besides [Leon] McQuay, is there anyone else standing out as still in the hunt for a USC scholarship?

Tunsil is the big one. He's said he'd like to take an official visit to USC, and the Trojans would gladly accommodate that request. Elite linemen with Tunsil's skill set and size (6-feet-6, 295 pounds) don't grow on trees.

There's Tunsil, and then there's the usual suspects: defensive backs Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) and Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos de Niza). There would have to be movement elsewhere for these two to hop on board, though.

Mike Balestraci (via Twitter @Mr_546): How solid is LaRue? Just read he's visiting Buckeyes.

LaRue will visit Ohio State, just not this weekend. The four-star receiver is handling the recruiting process very well -- he has committed, yes, but has remained even keeled throughout. Varied interest in other programs shouldn't be major concern, though. LaRue is firmly committed to USC. But if USC isn't firmly committed to him, then LaRue would like to have some backup options. It's not so much wavering as it is smart.