Thursday, January 31, 2013
Roundtable: Signing-day wish list
Where do you think things stand with the following recruits on the USC wish list?
Eddie Vanderdoes: Alabama will make a big push, but in the end, I think this one comes down to USC or UCLA. The Trojans are still the only team to have received a verbal from Eddie in this process, and I think that’s where he ends up.
Kylie Fitts: I also think this one comes down to a local battle between USC and UCLA, but I get the sense it’s too close to call at this point.
Quinton Powell: Florida is doing everything it can to keep him home, but he had a good visit to USC recently and fits the profile of the out-of-state "surprise" that this staff always seems to land.
Jalen Ramsey: There is a lot of Internet speculation about Ramsey while he stays silent to focus on his decision. Right now he is committed to USC, with Florida being the biggest challenger, the guess here is that he sticks with the Trojans.
Torrodney Prevot: The rumors broke during his visit to Texas A&M last week that Prevot had decommitted from USC, but he quickly shot them down. The hometown Aggies will pursue him to the end, but he likely will end up in cardinal and gold.
Eddie Vanderdoes: When it's all said and done, Eddie will be a Bruin. It's not often a recruit will decommit and then return to the fold, and Eddie will not be an exception to the rule.
Kylie Fitts: In what might become a huge recruiting miscalculations in modern USC football history, Fitts, another former Trojans commit, will join Vanderdoes as a Bruin.
Quinton Powell: It might come down to the Trojans and Florida, but the feeling here is that Powell will join former high school teammate Leonard Williams running down the Coliseum tunnel for the Trojans' first home game.
Jalen Ramsey: The Trojans are hanging tough on this one, and it would be a surprise if Jalen isn't wearing cardinal and gold in the fall. It doesn't hurt that new Trojans defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast will be coaching the secondary.
Torrodney Prevot: If you take the latest info as gospel, Torrodney will be a Trojan. Texas A&M won't go down easy until the fax machine at John McKay Center makes it official. The Trojans going to a 3-4 defense also is an attractive option for Prevot.
Eddie Vanderdoes: The fact that Vanderdoes felt strongly enough in his desire to look around at other schools that he decommitted from USC in the first place certainly isn't a positive sign. Still, with Ed Orgeron in pursuit, I think he winds up a Trojan on signing day, but UCLA is a real concern here.
Kylie Fitts: Unlike Vanderdoes, I don't believe Fitts will end up back in the fold for USC. With a sister at UCLA, and the fact that he can enroll early there because the school is on the quarter system -- spring classes begin March 27 -- my guess is he ends up with the Bruins.
Quinton Powell: With his friend and former high school teammate, Leonard Williams, already at USC, Powell has a connection to the program -- something that can't be underestimated when it comes to out-of-state recruiting. The Trojans look to be in a great position to snag another one out of the Sunshine State here.
Jalen Ramsey: It seems like as we get closer and closer to signing day, the more uncertain Ramsey's status becomes. Florida and Florida State have made this interesting, to say the least, but the fact that Ramsey hasn't decomitted, coupled with USC's obvious lack of depth at his position, leads me to believe that the Trojans are still the team to beat.
Torrodney Prevot: Texas A&M looks like the Trojans' main competition in this one. An ideal fit at outside linebacker in a possible 3-4 defensive scheme under Clancy Pendergast at USC, I still expect him to be a Trojan, but a last-minute flip to the home-state Aggies wouldn't shock me, either.
Eddie Vanderdoes: It's a five-school race for the former USC commit, with the Trojans still in the hunt as decision time nears. UCLA and defensive line coach Angus McClure offer a clearer path to early playing time, while Alabama and Notre Dame have the national appeal. USC has ace recruiter Ed Orgeron in charge here, and that's never a bad thing.
Kylie Fitts: Something tells me Fitts would have recommitted by now if he was set on enrolling in the summer. The ESPN 150 defensive end has spoken glowingly about UCLA recently and has the opportunity to enroll in the spring there. It would not be surprising to see Fitts sign with the Bruins, though one final push from Orgeron appears to be in order.
Quinton Powell: The Under Armour All-American canceled two final official visits after returning home from his trip to USC, which could be a good sign for the Trojans. Florida, where Powell previously was committed, is the other finalist, but the Gators already have five linebacker commits.
Jalen Ramsey: Given the overriding silence, a surprise could be coming on signing day. While Ramsey would form an impressive tandem with No. 1-rated CB Vernon Hargreaves III at Florida and would be coached by former Alabama defensive backs coach Jeremy Pruitt at Florida State, he has never publicly wavered from his USC commitment. With Marvin Sanders no longer on staff, though, Tee Martin has his work cut out for him.
Torrodney Prevot: Orgeron and new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast visited Prevot on Monday night, and the defensive end remained committed to the Trojans following a weekend visit to Texas A&M. Regardless, Prevot is expected to make a signing day announcement at his high school.