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Friday, October 25, 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.

@360KravPortland: What's the word on the recruits that visited ND last week? A lackluster performance on both ends couldn't have helped either team.

WeAreSC: Team performance isn't a major factor for USC recruits right now, especially with the coaching situation unsettled. Sure, positive on-field results would boost recruiting, but much of it is moot until the uncertainty evaporates. Neither USC or Notre Dame were particularly sharp last week with the likes of John "JuJu" Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) and Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) in attendance, but recruits weren't there with the sole purpose of seeing who would win or lose.

@DorianAlmaraz: What position is Malik Dorton playing at SC? I went to the Bosco game & he looked a little slow. O Lu kept running around him.

WeAreSC: The four-star prospect recently said he would prefer to play with his hand in the dirt, but knows he'll also be used as an outside linebacker in USC's scheme. It's difficult to gauge how successful a prospect will be in college solely by seeing them in the high school setting, especially on defense where recruits face double- and triple-teams.

Dan S., Irvine (Calif.): Any chance USC gets D.J. Calhoun back?

WeAreSC: Yes, though recruits rarely sign with a school they previously decommitted from. The four-star outside linebacker intends to officially visit USC sometime after the season, so there is still hope. A major factor will be the status of assistant coach Clay Helton and whether he remains with the Trojans past this year. Helton recruits the Bay Area and Calhoun has mentioned he's a reason why he committed to USC in the first place. Arizona State, UCLA and others figure to be in contention here, so the Trojans will likely have to woo the ESPN 300 prospect with the next coaching hire.

Chris Alvarez, Alhambra (Calif.): Shay Fields Jr. or Jordan Lasley?

WeAreSC: Why not both? Lasley, who recently picked up an offer from the Trojans, is a prime candidate to flip from UCLA. Fields and Lasley are different receivers -- Fields is smoother, runs crisp routes and has great hands, while Lasley uses his speed to stretch the field and is a solid target near the goal line. Given that USC signed only one receiver in the 2013 class, both would be good additions to the current group.