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Friday, February 8, 2013
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 via Twitter @bangulo or @WeAreSCstaff.

Adoree Jackson
With some of the misses in the 2013 class, snagging 2014 star Adoree' Jackson becomes even more important.
Via Twitter (@kinrmo): Has the full-court press for Adoree’ Jackson started yet?? Can’t lose a DB like that from SC’s backyard in 2014!

WeAreSC: Coaches will be hard pressed to find another player on the West Coast who’s more electrifying than Jackson, so he’s a high priority for USC and other programs. With the failure to sign Jalen Ramsey and flip Jermaine Kelly from Washington, the Trojans must really stock up on cornerbacks in next year’s recruiting class. Jackson might be the best one out there and has consistently mentioned USC as one of his favorites, even before landing the scholarship offer in late January. It’s too early for a full-court press, but Jackson is undoubtedly a name to monitor moving forward.

Michael (Pasadena, Calif.): Seems to me that Ramsey confirmed his commitment time and time again, but then signed with Florida State. Was it all a lie?

WeAreSC: Not necessarily. Ramsey and his father, Lamont, repeatedly reaffirmed the USC commitment until they went silent the final two weeks. “Jalen is committed until he is not committed,” Lamont said repeatedly. With that being said, both Florida State and Florida felt good about their chances to flip him on signing day. That’s an indication that Ramsey at least told them what they wanted to hear during the final in-home visits.

Evan Q. (Norwalk, Calif.): Part of Chris Hawkins must be grinning that Ramsey isn’t a Trojan, right?

WeAreSC: Hawkins had established a strong bond with Ramsey and would have preferred to play with him in college, no matter the effect it might have had on his playing time. Yes, Ramsey’s decommitment is a good thing for Hawkins’ chances to start right away, but remember that Ramsey stayed at the Hawkins household when he traveled to Los Angeles for the Notre Dame game. The two had grown close through the recruiting process.

Ramsey actually called Hawkins Tuesday night to inform him of the news, which shows the amount of respect he had for him.

Justin Robertson (Phoenix, Ariz.): Which decommit will hurt USC the most down the road?

WeAreSC: Among Ramsey, Eddie Vanderdoes, Max Redfield, Kylie Fitts, Sebastian LaRue, Eldridge Massington, Jason Hatcher and Torrodney Prevot, I’ll go with Vanderdoes. The five-star DT would have made an immediate impact in new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast’s 3-4 scheme. To top it all off, Vanderdoes is headed to rival Notre Dame, so the Trojans will see him the next few years.