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Friday, July 26, 2013
WeAreSC recruiting mailbag

By Blair Angulo

WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every week. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it via Twitter to @WeAreSCstaff or @bangulo.

Kevin S., via @kevins6583: No Orange County recruits last year. Pipeline dry up?

WeAreSC: USC did have the county’s top recruit, four-star athlete Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo), in tow for a bit before he flipped and signed with Notre Dame. Otherwise, it was a bit of a down year in the O.C., with only six other recruits finishing in the top 60 in the state rankings: quarterback Johnny Stanton (Nebraska), offensive guard John Lopez (UCLA), center Dane Crane (Washington), offensive tackle Erik Bunte (Cal), defensive end Garrett Marino (Arizona State) and tight end Thomas Duarte (UCLA).

The NCAA-mandated scholarship reductions didn’t help the Trojans in terms of numbers, but the area wasn’t necessarily brimming with five- and four-star recruits like in the past. The 2014 class might be worse, with Toa Lobendahn (La Habra, Calif./La Habra), the No. 25-rated player in the state, headlining the group. And even Lobendahn, who committed to the Trojans prior to his junior season, transferred to his new school from Los Angeles County.

@kingrmo, via Twitter: Any word on the commitment time frames of Bryce Dixon and Malik Dorton? What do you hear about USC’s chances to land both?

Adoree' Jackson
Despite the emergence of several national programs, USC remains in the running for Adoree' Jackson.
WeAreSC: Both Dixon and Dorton intend to commit by the end of August, if not within the first few weeks of the high school football season. At this point, I would be stunned if Dorton didn’t commit to USC. I think the Trojans have been his clear leader since they offered in early May.

Dixon is still weighing his options and plans to visit some schools before making the call, but he has strong interest in USC. He certainly likes how tight ends are utilized in the offense.

David Garcia, via @dgarcia3123: Any signings on the horizon? Are we still in the running for Adoree’ Jackson?

WeAreSC: Expect 20 signings in the 2014 class, though the commitments haven’t been as frequent as they were last summer. So far this July, the Trojans have only one commitment, four-star outside linebacker D.J. Calhoun, whereas they had eight in the same month last year. By the time August hit, USC held 18 verbal commitments. It has only seven in this cycle.

Jackson is still a possibility, though a number of national programs are in the hunt as well. The Trojans will have to play very well this fall to keep the five-star athlete interested.

Dillon Michel, via @Dillon_Michel:: Will the offer to QB Josh Rosen have any effect on David Sills coming to USC?

WeAreSC: It doesn’t appear that it will have much effect on Sills, mostly because Rosen welcomed the Trojans’ offer, but didn’t jump on it like Sills did more than three years ago. Now, if Rosen falls head over heels on his visits to campus this fall, it could have a major effect. Assistant coach Clay Helton wouldn’t have offered Rosen or fellow 2015 quarterback Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure) if he weren’t prepared to take a commitment, which means USC would theoretically take two signal-callers next year, given that Sills -- who has never wavered -- is happy being one of them.