USC Trojans: Eldridge Massington

WeAreSC recruiting mailbag 

February, 8, 2013
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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.

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Blair Angulo/WeAreSC.comWith 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!

ESPN 300 DE Jason Hatcher makes call 

February, 5, 2013
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After weeks of speculation involving USC, Louisville and Kentucky, ESPN 300 defensive end Jason Hatcher has made up his mind heading into signing day.


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The One Who Got Away: RB Thomas 

January, 31, 2013
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In a topsy-turvy recruiting season that has had Trojans fans teetering on the brink of insanity with the decommitments of one-time USC verbals Eddie Vanderdoes, Max Redfield, Eldridge Massington, Sebastian LaRue and Kylie Fitts -- not to mention the uncertain status of others such as Jalen Ramsey and Torrodney Prevot -- it’s worth taking a quick look back to signing day 2011. While the saga of the Class of 2013 has been filled with plenty of drama, nothing compares to the way Lane Kiffin and his staff were rocked by the last-second defection of De’Anthony Thomas.


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Early enrollee McQuay sparks momentum 

January, 4, 2013
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Long overdue for positive news, the USC Trojans finally got some Friday in the form of a commitment from highly coveted safety Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), live during the Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Quite frankly, USC needed this one.

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comThe exit of Trojans defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin didn't faze four-star safety Leon McQuay.
Following a recent rough stretch -- both in recruiting and on the field -- the addition of McQuay to a dwindling class is both significant and encouraging. If the Trojans plan to regain the momentum they built in the summer, securing a pledge from the nation's No. 3 safety is a good start.

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Sebastian LaRue decommit not a surprise 

January, 2, 2013
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The decommitment of ESPN 150 receiver Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica) from USC had been brewing the past few weeks, so his announcement Wednesday was a mere formality.

It had become apparent that LaRue would not sign with the Trojans in February, with the four-star receiver reluctant to even discuss his recruitment recently. And even though LaRue had been a frequent visitor for USC games at the Coliseum this season, the versatile athlete had been tight-lipped since returning from an official visit to Washington State.

While the rest of USC's verbal commitments had either visited or scheduled their official trips to Los Angeles, LaRue had not. He set up a visit to Texas A&M for the Jan. 18 weekend, which is the Trojans' big recruiting date. LaRue also scheduled a trip to Notre Dame for Jan. 25 and said he did not know if he'd even make it to USC before signing day.

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Eddie Vanderdoes decommit hits USC 

December, 28, 2012
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ESPN 150 DT Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) decommitted from USC on Thursday night, Placer coach Joey Montoya confirmed on Friday.

The No. 33 player in the ESPN 150 is now considering Notre Dame, UCLA and Washington, in addition to the Trojans.

It's the third decommitment in this class for the Trojans, following the defections of ESPN 300 recruits Max Redfield and Eldridge Massington.

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Eldridge Massington commits to UCLA 

December, 18, 2012
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ESPN 300 wide receiver Eldridge Massington (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) will get the Los Angeles college lifestyle after all. It’ll just be on the other side of town.

Massington verbally committed to UCLA on Tuesday night, becoming the 19th commitment of the Bruins’ 2013 recruiting class. The commitment comes exactly two weeks after the 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver parted ways with USC.

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Breaking down the USC visitors 

December, 6, 2012
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The first big recruiting weekend has finally arrived for the USC Trojans.

With five of the six early enrollees and two other top targets scheduled to be on campus this weekend, the Trojans can start to put the underwhelming 2012 season behind them and focus on putting the finishing touches on the 2013 recruiting class. Here’s a rundown of who’s expected to be in Los Angeles beginning on Friday:

QB Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) -- Fresh off capping an undefeated high school season with yet another state championship, the record-breaking Browne will step on the USC campus for the second time since summer. The signal-caller thoroughly enjoyed attending his first game at the Coliseum on Nov. 10 when the Trojans defeated Arizona State, but this three-day trip offers the opportunity to bond with fellow early enrollees.

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Why did Eldridge Massington decommit? 

December, 4, 2012
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The up-and-down world of recruiting took another turn on Tuesday with the news that ESPN 300 wide receiver Eldridge Massington (Mesquite, Tex./West Mesquite) has decommitted from the Trojans.

Eldridge Massington
Tom Hauck for ESPN.comESPN 300 WR Eldridge Massington has decommitted from USC, a school he pledged to back in the spring.


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WR Massington decommits from USC 

December, 4, 2012
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ESPN 300 wide receiver Eldridge Massington (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) is a free agent again.

After discussing his recruiting situation with his parents and his recruiting coordinator, Massington decided Tuesday that he will decommit from USC and reopen his process. Ranked No. 167 in the ESPN 300, Massington said he’s open to all programs that are still interested in him.

Committed to USC since May 4, Massington tore the ACL in his left knee at a Tennessee camp he attended with West Mesquite teammates in July. In August, Massington said USC still would honor his scholarship, and he made public that he would graduate high school early in an effort to arrive in Los Angeles for further rehabilitation on his knee.

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Mailbag: Commits with second thoughts? 

December, 2, 2012
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WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it here.

Ruben Jimenez (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.): Blair I'm hearing rumors that Ty Isaac has decommitted and has committed to Notre Dame. Any truth to this rumor? There has been speculation that SC has cooled on Isaac because of his injury. Any information?
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Courtesy of Kim Jenkin-PalaferriA visit to UCLA has given Eddie Vanderdoes a lot to chew on, but he remains committed to the Trojans.
WeAreSC: I spoke to Isaac this week, and he told me his in-home visit with assistant coach John Baxter “went well” and he’s still firmly committed. Isaac seemed disappointed he won’t be able to enroll early at USC, which he had planned on doing since committing in May. The shoulder injury that bothered Isaac throughout his senior season has progressed and he expects to be at 100 percent for the Jan. 4 Under Armour All-American game. Plus, Trojans commits Eldridge Massington (knee) and Kylie Fitts (wrist) have suffered more worrisome injuries this fall. Isaac has played through the pain, which indicates it's not serious.

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Isaac not enrolling early at USC 

November, 29, 2012
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A bumpy senior season for four-star running back Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic Academy) has gotten bumpier.

Isaac said Thursday he will not enroll early at USC as originally planned, though not by his own accord. He committed to the Trojans in May and had voiced his intent to graduate early from high school, but recent obstacles regarding Joliet Catholic's policy will not make it possible for him to enroll at USC in time for the spring semester. Classes at USC begin Jan. 14.

"Just didn't work out down the line with a couple things," Isaac said in a text message.

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Mailbag: Trojans recruits aren't wavering 

November, 23, 2012
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WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it here.

Jason Kane (via @TheJasonKane): In your honest opinion, do you feel commits are wavering in their commitment to SC football?

No. Not at all. Actually, an argument could be made that USC’s on-field shortcomings have strengthened the bond among recruits. Defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy), who committed last November, told me this week that it’s been important for the recruits to stick together through the losses.

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Recruit roundup: Playoff preview 

November, 1, 2012
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With the final stretch of the high school football season in sight, nearly every USC commit is in contention for a title of some sort, whether it be in a league or in the playoffs. Three future Trojans and their teams are included in the latest ESPN 25 power rankings: Michael Hutchings and Concord (Calif.) De La Salle at No. 4, Su’a Cravens and Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta at No. 8, and Max Redfield at No. 22 Mission Viejo (Calif.).

Furthermore, teams of USC commits in the current recruiting class are a combined 117-30 this season -- that’s a .796 winning percentage. Five teams have posted perfect 9-0 records through the end of October and five others have managed at least seven victories. Coaches often like to say they recruit winners and, apparently, the Trojans’ staff has done so in this class.

As the regular season winds down and postseason play kicks off across the country, here’s a look at how each of the Trojans’ 18 verbal commitments have fared:

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USC recruits break down Trojans' season 

October, 18, 2012
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Nico Falah, Khaliel RodgersWeAreSC.com, ESPN.comUSC recruits Nico Falah (left) and Khaliel Rodgers both think the Trojans can still win the national championship.
The USC Trojans have reached the midway point of their season and, though a perfect record is no longer possible, the common reaction among Class of 2013 commits is positive. There’s overwhelming optimism within the recruiting class that the Trojans will finish the year strong, win the Pac-12 and have the opportunity to compete for the BCS crown.

The consensus among recruits is that the Trojans have struggled to maintain consistent offensive play, while the defense has carried the squad to its 5-1 start. USC ranks 25th nationally in total defense (331.5 yards per game), 27th in scoring defense (18.5 points), 48th in scoring offense (32.33 points) and 57th in total offense (415.17 yards).

Here’s a look at what some USC commits are saying:

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