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Friday, March 29, 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 @WeAreSCstaff or @bangulo.

@Will_Great1 (via Twitter): Do you guys think David Sills will be the next Todd Marinovich and will the offense go into more of a spread look?
David Sills
What kind of offense will David Sills be walking into when he arrives at USC?
WeAreSC: Sills, who committed to USC in February of 2010 as a 13-year-old, is a pocket-passer and fits the pro-style offense USC utilizes. It’s difficult to fathom the Trojans switching into a spread look any time soon, especially while Max Browne on campus. Sills’ high school, Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy, did not gain accreditation from the state, so he was unable to play a full schedule last fall. Getting in-game experience will be key for Sills moving forward.

@Forrest_Adams (via Twitter): Would somebody please teach these kids what “committed” means. He (Casey Tucker) made a reservation, not a commitment.

WeAreSC: That’s a good way to put it, Forrest. Tucker has openly told me on a number of occasions he committed to USC last July mainly to secure one of the limited scholarship spots. And while he favors the Trojans, he is going through the recruiting process just as he would if he wasn’t committed.

Richard Gaines: Blair… Did we pick up any strong defensive players in the front seven?

WeAreSC: The Trojans signed one very good defensive lineman, tackle Kenny Bigelow of Delaware, but they surely wanted more. Four linemen pulled back their verbal commitments, with Jason Hatcher and Torrodney Prevot doing so on national signing day.

Highly rated linebackers Michael Hutchings and Quinton Powell signed with USC, but that was it as far a front-seven players go. It will undoubtedly be a focus in the 2014 recruiting cycle. The Trojans already have a commitment from tackle Tashon Smallwood (Fresno, Calif./Central).

Howard L.: How have the early entrants looked in spring practice?

WeAreSC: By all indications, safety Su’a Cravens is having himself quite the spring. There have been doubts about whether he will stay in the secondary or slide down to linebacker, but so far Cravens has been solid at safety. I spoke with running back Justin Davis and cornerback Chris Hawkins at USC’s pro day, and both looked considerably bigger than they did as high school seniors. Hawkins now weighs 183 pounds, up from the 170 he weighed during the fall. Davis said he has also bulked up since arriving on campus.

“They feed us a lot,” Davis joked.