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Friday, September 27, 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 @WeAreSCstaff or @bangulo.

Jason Fink, via @AllCityBail: What is the problem with recruiting so far? One thing Lane Kiffin was good at was recruiting.

WeAreSC: Right now, there is a direct correlation between the recruiting doldrums and lack of on-field excitement. Very few recruits showed up to the Coliseum the last two weeks for games against Utah State and Boston College following the bad loss to Washington State. The Trojans, though, are still in the running for many top prospects, so the recruiting “problem” can still be solved with more than four months left until national signing day. Future home matchups against Stanford and UCLA should also draw top recruits. A recruiting turnaround is completely plausible.

@louisakatiger, via Twitter: Which cornerbacks are USC going after? We are not deep at the position and all the guys we have gone after chose other schools.

WeAreSC: The offers to cornerbacks have been few and far apart, but USC has started to recruit Arizona commit Naijiel Hale (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) again and there are others such as UCLA commit Denzel Fisher (Compton, Calif./Centennial) and Arizona State commit Armand Perry (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) who have garnered more interest recently. Prospects such as Washington commit Jonathan Lockett (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) and Donovan Lee (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade) could also get more attention, but don't be surprised if the Trojans reach into the junior college ranks for some help.

Frank S., via email: Will USC finish with a top-25 recruiting class?

WeAreSC: The potential is there, for sure, if only because there are so many highly rated recruits left on the board. It doesn’t help that mostly top-10 programs are in pursuit of the same prospects, but USC can put together another solid group on signing day with in-state athletes such as Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), John “JuJu” Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) and Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central) still undecided.