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Mailbag: Will USC commits flip?

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

Lance (Yorba Linda, Calif.): Why would Oregon allow (Max) Redfield to visit but not Chris Hawkins or (Nico) Falah?

WeAreSC: By reaching out to Mission Viejo (Calif.) coach Bob Johnson this week, Oregon made it clear it will go after recruits -- committed or not. Redfield has always expressed an interest in taking all of his official visits, so it’s not at all surprising that Oregon would offer to host him for a big rivalry weekend. Redfield, though, will not be taking a trip to Eugene this weekend.

Falah and Hawkins told me their respective visits to Oregon were scratched because the Oregon coaches no longer planned to host USC commits. Asking recruits to de-commit is a questionable strategy, but one that allows the Ducks to gauge which prospects are legitimately interested. If Oregon’s staff feels like it can flip someone, I think there won’t be any hesitation.

Craig H. (Venice Beach, Calif.): With no room for Tyree and Tyrell Robinson in this class, who are some others that USC just didn't have space for?

WeAreSC: Highly coveted safety Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) is the obvious absentee in USC’s current recruiting class. In a world without scholarship limitations, Goodman might already have been a part of the current Trojans' recruiting class, giving the Trojans eight of the top nine recruits in the state.

Three-star athlete Thomas Duarte (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei), the state’s top-ranked tight end, is another one who comes to mind. The same goes for Washington offensive line commit Sean Harlow (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente), who has family ties to the Trojans but never garnered serious interest due to the restrictions.

Evan (Norwalk, Calif.): Shoot at me straight, Blair: Will USC regret losing the Robinson twins to Oregon?

WeAreSC: In short, yes. Tyree and Tyrell Robinson were very impressive this summer at the B2G Elite Camp despite dealing with minor aches and pains. The twins stood out among a talented group that included Goodman, Hawkins, Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos de Niza), Marcus Baugh (Riverside, Calif./J.W. North) and others.

Tyree is an athletic receiver/cornerback who has shown an ability to make plays, while Tyrell is a linebacker who could play anywhere on the field. Oh, and they both also intend to play basketball in college, so this has the potential to sting on two ends.

Jake (Corona, Calif.): When will Jalen Ramsey visit USC?

WeAreSC: The last I heard from Ramsey’s father, Lamont, Jalen planned on taking his official visit to USC after the high school season. He has expressed an interest in making it to Los Angeles on the weekend of Nov. 2 for the Oregon game.