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Friday, June 15, 2012
WeAreSC Recruiting Mailbag

By Garry Paskwietz

Eddie Vanderdoes
Auburn, Calif., defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes seems to have Oregon as his leader, but would NCAA sanctions against the Ducks provide an opening for the Trojans?
WeAreSC publisher Garry Paskwietz answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it here.

Ed (Las Cruces, N.M.): I know this is not a recruiting question, but was wondering if there were any rumors when NCAA would release findings/sanctions on Oregon? Is there any historical correlation between length of time they take and severity of sanctions? If they do come out this year, do you think it could be the tipping point for Vanderdoes? Thanks.

As USC fans well know, there is no set timetable for the NCAA on when they release any findings or any correlation to the length of the investigation and the penalties handed down. The NCAA is very random in this regard and it’s hard to predict how they will respond. With that being said, we are hearing rumblings that something is expected soon and that it will be a serious punishment. Without knowing what that punishment might be it’s hard to know how it would impact Eddie Vanderdoes. Right now Vanderdoes certainly seems to have the Ducks as his team to beat.

Hooman (Glendora, Calif.): Based on what you've heard, how many big time out-of-state players could be coming USC's way? And also, do you think they've got a shot to get either Mackensie Alexander or Vernon Hargreaves III? I think if they get one or both of those, along with keeping up the current pace, this class could be historic, despite the size.

The staff is certainly going after quite a few out-of-state players and they’ve shown the ability in the past to bring some recruits from across the country. The hard part at this point is knowing which ones are legitimately interested in coming west. For instance, I don’t think any USC fans at this point last year would have predicted Leonard Williams being in the 2012 class. Right now I would call Hargreaves the more likely of the two between him and Alexander to end up at USC.

Alfred Saucedo (West Covina, Calif.): Which three football recruits is USC looking to get in as early enrollees? Is USC keeping track that they make sure they are on pace to graduate so they can enroll early before national signing day?

The Trojans will look to bring in several players at the spring semester but only three will be able to count against the 2012 class -- any other early enrollees would count against 2013. The names we’ve heard so far include Chris Hawkins, Max Browne, Kylie Fitts, Su'a Cravens and Justin Davis.

Zach (Minnesota): Do the Trojans have somewhat of a chance at the top recruit, or not really, and is Reuben Foster considering the trojans seriously or just lightly?

The No. 1 recruit, Robert Nkemdiche, gave a verbal commit last night to Clemson. As far as Reuben Foster, he has said he would be interested in taking an official visit to USC, so that means there is always a chance, but it would be classified as an extreme longshot at this point.