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WeAreSC Recruiting Mailbag

6/22/2012
USC seems to fit Torrodney Prevot's criteria in picking a school, but the Trojans have an uphill battle to get a commitment from the Texas defensive end. Tom Hauck for ESPN.com

WeAreSC publisher Garry Paskwietz answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it here.

jamison mitchell (Dayton, Ohio): Just wanted to know if Lane Kiffin and staff have an better chance of landing some defensive linemen? I mean USC is in serious need of depth there if they wanna stay fresh with teams like Oregon and Bama, especially with the playoffs coming in 2014. #FightOn2012

Defensive line and defensive back will be two of the priorities for the remaining spots in the class and it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see the Trojans add two more bodies on the line. It’s important to recognize the talent of the two line commits in Kenny Bigelow and Kylie Fitts, but the coaches definitely don’t want to stop there. Eddie Vanderdoes is a big in-state name, but the Oregon Ducks appear to be in the driver's seat. Don’t be surprised if Ed Orgeron pulls in a big man from the Southeast as he has made several offers to defensive linemen from that region.

Martin (PDX): I'm a big USC fan living in the Northwest, my question is about the players who have already committed to USC for the class of 2013, Kenny Bigelow and Max Browne. Do you think if they were committed to schools in the "SEC" they'll be rank higher in the espn 150?

Bigelow is the No. 9 player in the ESPN rankings and Browne is No. 12, so they are pretty high already. It’s easy to get caught up in the rankings sometimes but if you’re ranked among the top 12 players in the country that is some pretty elite company. I think the important thing for USC fans is that Bigelow was the top defensive lineman on the USC coaches' wish list and Browne was the top quarterback.

USCVel (Los Angeles): With LaRue now on board for USC can you compare USC's three WR commits in this class with Nelson Agholor and Darreus Rogers? How do they stack up and how do you like the young USC WR group collectively?

I think Eldridge Massington is the one who is really different from Agholor and Rogers. Massington is a taller receiver, a good two inches taller than the other two. Steven Mitchell and Sebastian LaRue, on the other hand, are right at the same height and both are known as play-making receivers, which fits the description for Agholor and Rogers as well as players such as Robert Woods and Marqise Lee.

Shaun Macc (Windsor, Ontario): After reading your article about (Houston) DE Torrodney Prevot, I wonder the chances SC has at landing another commitment from the Lone Star State? While I hadn't heard or known much about him before the article, by the sound of what he's looking for in his future home, his recruitment is almost tailor made for SC. Unless I read into it wrong, he's looking with his uncle hard at how many commitments schools have had. Does this play into our hand? We signed three D-Line prospects and with Kenny Bigelow playing inside, Kylie Fitts playing strong side... could there be an argument made that last weakside DE spot could be up for Prevot to grab? Another aspect he seems serious about is education. It's well known USC has among the best overall educational opportunities in the country. It looks like LSU is the leader at this point but do you think LK and Company could get him in LA?

Prevot fits the profile of the kind of out-of-state player who could show interest in USC and, as you say, there is a clear need along the defensive line. His frame reminds me of current USC defensive end DeVante Wilson. It’s always tough to pull players from that area away from the in-state schools like Texas and Texas A&M as well as schools in bordering states such as LSU or Oklahoma. It may not be too long of a wait for his decision, as Prevot has said he could commit in July after The Opening.