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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Loaded Trojans shut out from five-stars

By Blair Angulo

The USC Trojans might have the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class, but as the new ESPN 150 rankings revealed Wednesday, they still lack a five-star headliner.

Top-rated safety prospect Su’a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) and No. 2 defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) narrowly missed the five-star designation, but remained in the four-star tier as the nation’s 10th- and 11th-ranked recruits, respectively.

Cravens, now the highest-ranked USC commit, ascended two spots from his previous ranking. Bigelow, who is bested only by newly minted five-star standout Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County) among defensive tackles, fell two spots.

Four-star quarterback commit Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) held steady as the No. 2-rated pocket passer and 18th-best prospect overall.

Trojans target Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), the No. 3-rated safety, made a jump from No. 40 to No. 32 in the ESPN 150. Four-star defensive tackle commit Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) is now the No. 4-rated defensive tackle after previously checking in at No. 5. Recent decommit Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo), the former No. 2 athlete, is now rated No. 4.

Four-star defensive end commit Jason Hatcher (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) used to be No. 24 at his position but made a leap to No. 15 in the new rankings, while four-star offensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) remained the only Trojans commit to miss the ESPN 300.