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Sunday, December 2, 2012
Mailbag: Commits with second thoughts?

By Blair Angulo

WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it here.

Ruben Jimenez (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.): Blair I'm hearing rumors that Ty Isaac has decommitted and has committed to Notre Dame. Any truth to this rumor? There has been speculation that SC has cooled on Isaac because of his injury. Any information?
Eddie Vanderdoes
A visit to UCLA has given Eddie Vanderdoes a lot to chew on, but he remains committed to the Trojans.
WeAreSC: I spoke to Isaac this week, and he told me his in-home visit with assistant coach John Baxter “went well” and he’s still firmly committed. Isaac seemed disappointed he won’t be able to enroll early at USC, which he had planned on doing since committing in May. The shoulder injury that bothered Isaac throughout his senior season has progressed and he expects to be at 100 percent for the Jan. 4 Under Armour All-American game. Plus, Trojans commits Eldridge Massington (knee) and Kylie Fitts (wrist) have suffered more worrisome injuries this fall. Isaac has played through the pain, which indicates it's not serious.

Nathan Exp (Los Angeles, Calif.): How confident should SC be that Eddie Vanderdoes will stick to his commitment? Any chance he will truly consider UCLA?

WeAreSC: As long as Ed Orgeron stays on the staff, the confidence level should remain high for USC. Vanderdoes told me his interest in UCLA went up following his recent official visit to Westwood but acknowledged it might be due to it being his first trip. The major factor here will be Orgeron’s presence. If he is hired elsewhere, UCLA would be a potential landing spot for Vanderdoes.

Ed (N.M.): Blair, what is your guess as of now on how many of USC's commits sign on NSD. Also when is the EE signing date?

WeAreSC: My guess is at least 14 of the current commits sign with the Trojans, though seven are confirmed to be early enrollees: Kenny Bigelow, Max Browne, Su’a Cravens, Justin Davis, Kylie Fitts, Chris Hawkins and Eldridge Massington. The midyear signing period runs from Dec. 19 through Jan. 15. Early enrollees are locked in as soon as they attend their first class. The spring semester at USC begins Jan. 14.

Brandon Matthews (Newport Beach, Calif.): Are there any more OL recruits that SC is actively chasing now that (Nico) Falah seems on the fence?

WeAreSC: Falah has been open minded with his recruitment since committing to USC in July, so his interest in Oregon and Cal, among others, is not entirely shocking. He’s still solid to the Trojans and even plans on taking an unofficial visit to campus while the early enrollees are in town Dec. 7 for their officials. USC, meanwhile, has somewhat settled on two offensive linemen in this class -- the other being four-star center Khaliel Rodgers -- so there hasn’t been much activity on that front. If Falah were to decommit, local options like Sean Harlow (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente), Alex Redmond (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos) and Poasi Moala (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde) could emerge as options. The Trojans have been in on five-star tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia), but Alabama and Georgia appear to be his leaders.