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Top multi-purpose USC recruits

9/10/2012

A look at the USC class of 2013 recruits who have starred on both sides of the ball so far this year:

Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta): Cravens faced a technique overhaul in the summer as he transitioned from linebacker to safety. He worked tirelessly on his backpedal, focusing more on vertical foot speed and less on lateral shuffling. The concentration has paid off early this season -- Cravens has four total touchdowns in two games, including three during a blowout win last Friday in which he forced two fumbles, blocked a punt and intercepted a pass. He also had a 10-yard touchdown reception and continues to be a running threat for CIF-Southern Section Inland Division favorite Vista Murrieta.

Michael Hutchings (Concord, Calif./De La Salle): The top-ranked linebacker in the West is a difference maker on special teams, too. Hutchings returned a kickoff 97 yards for a score Friday and added nine tackles in guiding powerhouse De La Salle to a come-from-behind victory against Denver (Colo.) Mullen. He had a nagging shoulder injury during the summer but appears to have put that behind him.

Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica): It's quite simple with LaRue: Blink and, well, you might miss something spectacular. The receiver/cornerback/return specialist had two touchdown catches in the opener two weeks ago and added a pick-six last week. The challenge for LaRue and Santa Monica coach Travis Clark has been finding holes in opponents' double coverage schemes.

Steven Mitchell (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany): Mitchell has been the most productive USC recruit through the first three weeks of the high school season. The receiver had two more touchdowns on Friday -- one on a punt return, the other on offense -- to raise his total to seven. It's an impressive number given the attention Mitchell demands from defenses and the bevy of other options Alemany quarterback Devon Dunn has at his disposal.

Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy): On offense, Ramsey is the primary target for Florida quarterback commit Max Staver. On defense, he locks down half of the field. Ramsey had an interception and long return last week, and has also blocked a punt this season. He has two touchdown receptions.

Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo): It's been a slow start to the 2012 season for Redfield -- by his standards at least. The dynamic receiver/safety caught his first touchdown and had his first 100-yard game last week. Opposing quarterbacks dare not test him in the passing game, though.