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Friday, December 14, 2012
WeAreSC recruiting mailbag

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.

Jim Rygg (Westchester, Ill.): Seems like the coaches have done a great job keeping this class intact at this point despite the disappointing season. Improvement on the D-line is critical and if they can keep Eddie Vanderdoes, Kenny Bigelow and land A'Shawn Robinson and Torrodney Prevot that would seemingly be a great accomplishment. Do you think it will come down to Vanderdoes and Robinson waiting for the other to play his hand first? Is it realistic they land all three? Max Redfield seems like a reach at this point.

I think Vanderdoes, like Redfield, felt "rushed" into making a commitment earlier than he really wanted to. Spots in USC’s recruiting class were filling quickly and both jumped at the opportunity to commit. That's why it's not at all surprising to now see them weighing their options. I think Redfield might still be a Trojan on signing day. It's going to come down to the in-home visits with him. Locale, as well as other Trojans recruits actively recruiting Redfield, favor USC at this point, but Notre Dame won’t go away.

It terms of the aforementioned defensive tackles, it is realistic that USC lands all three. Ed Orgeron has done it before. Vanderdoes has said he doesn't mind competition, while Robinson, a Texas commit, grew up rooting for the Trojans.

Edward Aylesworth: Any chance Montravius Adams leaves the Southeast or does he just want a free trip to the West Coast?

Adams has confirmed that he’ll officially visit USC, though a date has not been set. The Trojans will certainly make their pitch for the No. 1-rated defensive tackle, despite already having Bigelow and Vanderdoes in tow. The word is that Adams favors Georgia and Clemson, but USC will at least get a shot to woo him.

Dorian Almaraz: From seeing him play (if you have), do you personally believe Max Browne is a 4 star or 5 star?

Nico Falah
Nico Falah maintains that he's solid to USC, but he's letting other schools give their pitch.
I think it’s irrelevant. There aren’t any five-star quarterbacks in this class, but Browne has proven to be among the best -- if not the best -- in the group. If the USC coaches are thrilled to have Browne coming in, fans should too -- no matter the rating.

Michael (Pasadena, Calif.): Is Nico Falah legitimately interested in Oklahoma?

Falah will officially visit Oklahoma this weekend after previously taking trips to Oregon (Nov. 17) and Washington (Dec. 7). The offensive tackle was surprised to hear from Oklahoma on Monday night, met with the coaching staff (including Bob Stoops) on Tuesday and set up the visit then.

Falah told me it will take a whole lot to sway him from his commitment to the Trojans, but the four-star lineman has always been open to seeing what other schools have to offer. Following his trip to Seattle last weekend, Falah told me Washington was his new backup choice in case something happened with USC the next two months. This might be just a courtesy visit, but Falah has kept an open mind throughout the process. It appears that he will have to be blown away for him to change his mind, but he is at least looking around.