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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Trojans slip in class rankings

By Blair Angulo

LOS ANGELES -- The final ESPN 300 player ratings released Thursday caused a shift for USC, which now sits at No. 6 in the recruiting class rankings.

The Florida Gators, with 24 verbal commitments, ascended to the top spot, followed in order by Alabama (20), Notre Dame (23), Ohio State (21) and Texas A&M (34). USC has 14 pledges following the decommitment of ESPN 150 defensive end Kylie Fitts (Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley) this week.

Former Trojans commit Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer), a newly-minted five-star prospect and No. 10 overall, leapfrogged Kenny Bigelow (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) in the position rankings and is now the No. 1-rated defensive tackle.

Top-rated safety Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) missed out on a fifth star yet again and is the No. 12 player overall. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) moved from No. 7 to No. 4 at his position, while Steven Mitchell (Mission Hills, Calif./Bishop Alemany) is now the No. 11 receiver.

Four-star offensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) moved into the ESPN 300 and checked in at No. 289, the No. 16-rated guard.

All 14 of USC's commitments are ranked inside the ESPN 300, with nine ranked within the ESPN 150.