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Friday, September 20, 2013
USC recruiting mailbag

By Blair Angulo

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

Mike Reed, via @_micahsdaddy_: With rumors of linebacker commit D.J. Calhoun’s status, how long would fans have to wait before recruits decide on USC or look elsewhere?

WeAreSC: Another loss on the field could be the final straw. Still, if there were to be a coaching change, many recruits have indicated they would look at USC differently moving forward. A great hire would instill hope and perhaps provide a recruiting boost. A great season would do the trick as well. The good news for fans is that there is still plenty of time for both scenarios.

For what it’s worth, Calhoun has not decommitted, per his father. The four-star prospect will take all five visits, though, and USC would likely get the final trip sometime in December before he is due to enroll.


Gabriel (Anaheim, Calif.), via e-mail: Is there anyone comparable to Su’a Cravens in this year’s recruiting class? What about some other top California prospects like Max Redfield and Eddie Vanderdoes?

WeAreSC: The obvious Cravens comparison is No. 3-rated athlete John “JuJu” Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly), who, like Cravens, has the potential to line up at a variety of spots in college. As for Redfield, four-star running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) comes to mind as comparable. There is no one like Vanderdoes in this year’s class, at least on the West Coast.

Conversely, there was no one like five-star athlete Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) in last year’s class. Shifty receiver Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central) reminds me of USC freshman Steven Mitchell.


Dustin Gane, via e-mail: Who has a bigger recruiting influence: Tee Martin or Ed Orgeron?

WeAreSC: Very, very difficult question to answer because both are excellent recruiters, but I would give Orgeron the nod here given all the relationships he has built. Martin has proven crucial in the local landscape since the firing of Kennedy Polamalu, but Orgeron also has great influence in Southern California. Both recruit Florida, while Orgeron has been contacting recruits from Texas heavily as well.