USC Trojans: Tyree Robinson

Our look at position groups in the Pac-12 continues with the safeties.

Arizona: The Wildcats have a lot of experience at safety with a combined 78 starts between Jourdon Grandon, Tra'Mayne Bondurant and Jared Tevis. All three of their backups on the AdvoCare V100 Bowl depth chart -- Anthony Lopez, William Parks and Jamar Allah -- also return.

Arizona State: Damarious Randall returns as one of the more talented safeties in the conference after a season in which he finished tied for third on the team with 71 tackles. Marcus Ball is a strong candidate to eventually earn the job next to Randall, but he's still working his way back from a clavicle injury that cost him the 2013 season. Laiu Moeakiola, who appeared in 10 games last year as a reserve, James Johnson, Jayme Otomewo and Ezekiel Bishop are other names to watch.

California: Cal started five different players at safety last year and four of them -- Michael Lowe, Cameron Walker, Avery Sebastian and Damariay Drew -- will be back. Sebastian began the year in the starting lineup and had an interception and 10 tackles before suffering a season-ending Achilles tear in the first half of the season opener. Look for him to regain his starting job next to Lowe.

Colorado: The Buffs need to replace SS Parker Orms, who had 26 career starts and 10 last season, but FS Jered Bell will return. All three of the players competing to replace Orms -- Marques Mosley, Terrel Smith and Tedric Thompson -- have started at least three games. Smith redshirted last season after he underwent shoulder surgery and has 19 career starts.

Oregon: The Ducks lose both Brian Jackson and Avery Patterson from a secondary that has consistently been among the nation's best. Fifth-year senior Erick Dargan, Patterson's high school teammate, looks to slide into his first full-time starting role after three years of meaningful contributions on both special teams and reserve duty. Opposite him, Issac Dixon is the presumed favorite with Tyree Robinson and Reggie Daniels also in the mix.

Oregon State: The Beavers have both Ryan Murphy and Tyrequek Zimmerman back for their third year as starters, which should help soften the blow of losing CB Rashaad Reynolds. A few others to watch are sophomore Cyril Noland-Lewis, Justin Strong, Brandon Arnold, Zack Robinson and walk-on Micah Audiss, who was No. 2 behind Zimmerman in the season-ending depth chart.

Stanford: Ed Reynolds' early departure for the NFL creates the one real unknown spot for the Cardinal. Two former offensive players -- QB Dallas Lloyd and WR Kodi Whitfield -- are in the competition for the vacant spot, as is Kyle Olugbode. Zach Hoffpauir will join the competition once baseball season is over. The winner will play next to Jordan Richards, a senior who has started the past two seasons and played regularly as a freshman.

UCLA: Starters Randall Goforth and Anthony Jefferson are both back after being named all-Pac-12 honorable mention last season. Two names to watch are Tahaan Goodman and Tyler Foreman, both of whom arrived as part of the Class of 2013.

USC: Su'a Cravens and Josh Shaw are back, but the Trojans will have to replace Dion Bailey, who left early for the NFL after converting to safety from linebacker last year. Shaw could wind up back at corner, which would open the door for Leon McQuay III. Gerald Bowman got a medical redshirt after appearing in three games last year and should provide depth.

Utah: Veteran Eric Rowe is set to begin his fourth year as a starter in the Utes' secondary, but he'll play next to a new player with Michael Walker out of eligibility. Charles Henderson was Walker's primary backup last season, but look for junior-college transfer Tevin Carter -- a former Cal Bear -- to challenge him for the starting job.

Washington: The Huskies are looking to fill both starting spots and will likely do so with young players. Sophomores Brandon Beaver, Kevin King and Trevor Walker all saw spot duty last year and the program signed an impressive crop of high school safeties, including Bellevue's Bishard “Budda” Baker.

Washington State: Replacing Deone Bucannon means replacing one of the school's all-time greats at his position. Isaac Dotson looks like the favorite to take that spot, but will be pushed by David Bucannon, Darius Lemora and true freshman Markell Sanders, who arrived for spring practice.



WeAreSC recruiting mailbag 

February, 1, 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 @WeAreSCstaff.

Jeff (Encino, Calif.): Any visitors this weekend?

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comUSC target Kylie Fitts is expected to stop by USC on Sunday after his Utah official.
Angulo: There aren’t any official visitors scheduled this week. Kylie Fitts is expected to visit campus on Sunday following his official trip to Utah.

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January is always an unpredictable time in recruiting, with unexpected commits and surprise decommits. For Oregon, Chip Kelly's move to the NFL means the next three weeks could make things extra chaotic. One day after Kelly accepted the Philadelphia Eagles' job, several of Oregon's top recruits said they would be taking visits to other schools.


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There have been many hypothetical questions surrounding the USC Trojans. What if senior center Khaled Holmes had been healthy for the Stanford game? What if Matt Barkley had spiked the ball in the last-minute drive at Arizona? What if USC made an adjustment or two against the vaunted Oregon offense?

In the end, there were too many questionable moments this season for a team that couldn't afford any. Now, with the Trojans preparing for the Sun Bowl, recruiting fans have found themselves asking another question.

What if USC had more scholarships to give out?

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Mailbag: Will USC commits flip? 

October, 5, 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.

Lance (Yorba Linda, Calif.): Why would Oregon allow (Max) Redfield to visit but not Chris Hawkins or (Nico) Falah?
WeAreSC: By reaching out to Mission Viejo (Calif.) coach Bob Johnson this week, Oregon made it clear it will go after recruits -- committed or not. Redfield has always expressed an interest in taking all of his official visits, so it’s not at all surprising that Oregon would offer to host him for a big rivalry weekend. Redfield, though, will not be taking a trip to Eugene this weekend.

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WeAreSC Recruiting Mailbag 

July, 27, 2012
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Ty IsaacTom Hauck/ESPNHSEven if Silas Redd was to transfer to USC from Penn State, it's highly doubtful the commitments of running backs Ty Isaac (pictured) or Justin Davis would be affected.
WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it here.

Sean (Las Vegas, Nev.): If Silas Redd transfers from Penn State to USC, should USC fans be concerned that it might soften the commitments of either [Ty] Isaac or [Justin] Davis?

No. Projected starting tailback Curtis McNeal is a senior, so he won't be around when Isaac or Davis arrive on campus. If Redd, a junior, were to transfer to USC, Isaac and Davis would have to compete against him for only one year. That's really what it narrows down to: Competition.

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WeAreSC Roundtable 

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Tahaan GoodmanGarry Paskwietz/WeAreSC.comWith his cousin and high school teammate, Chris Hawkins, already committed to USC, perhaps Tahaan Goodman will be convinced to take the Trojans' last scholarship in the 2013 class.
“If defensive end Jason Hatcher commits to USC tomorrow, the Trojans will only have one scholarship left for the class of 2013. List three players you would consider for that final spot and why.”

Garry Paskwietz

DL Torrodney Prevot (Houston/Taylor): It appears as if LSU is the leading school for Prevot right now but he could get a full court press from the SC coaches to gauge his interest in the Trojans.

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USC movement in ESPN rankings

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The updated ESPN 150 and ESPN 300 rankings are out and here are the adjustments for USC recruits:

Kenny Bigelow: Stayed at No. 9

Su'a Cravens: Moved up to No. 12 from No. 14

Max Browne: Moved down to No. 18 from No. 12

Eddie Vanderdoes: Moved up to No. 35 from No. 57

Max Redfield: Stayed at No. 37

Laquon Treadwell: Stayed at No. 38

Leon McQuay III: Moved down to No. 40 from No. 39

Michael Hutchings: Moved up to No. 55 from No. 59

Jalen Ramsey: Moved up to No. 57 from No. 129

Priest Willis: Moved up to No. 59 from No. 61

Ty Isaac: Stayed at No. 70

Chris Hawkins: Moved down to No. 72 from No. 71

Kylie Fitts: Moved up to No. 86 from No. 87

Tahaan Goodman: Moved down to No. 96 from No. 95

Steven Mitchell: Moved up to No. 117 from No. 142

Sebastian LaRue: Stayed at No. 150

Eldridge Massington: Stayed at No. 165

Justin Davis: Moved down to No. 181 from No. 178

Taj Williams: Moved down to No. 214 from No. 208

Nico Falah: Moved up to No. 215 from No. 289

Joe Mathis: Moved down to No. 245 from No. 238

Tyree Robinson: Moved down to No. 269 from No. 263

Jason Hatcher: Moved down to No. 287 from No. 283

The Trojans moved to No. 2 overall in the updated ESPN class rankings.

WeAreSC Roundtable 

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Jalen RamseyTom Hauck for ESPN.comBrentwood, Tenn., cornerback Jalen Ramsey is set to announce his college choice next Monday and might be the next commitment in USC's recruiting class.
Who will fill the remaining four scholarship spots in USC’s recruiting class?

Erik McKinney

S Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo): Reminds some of Marqise Lee in his athletic ability in several sports and at several positions.

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WeAreSC Recruiting Mailbag 

June, 29, 2012
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WeAreSC publisher Garry Paskwietz answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it here.

Michael (Pine Mountain Club, Calif.): Any updates with the Robinson twins. I believe their upside is great.

The Robinson twins (Tyree Robinson and Tyrell Robinson) are just starting to really get into the recruiting process and they don’t have a lot narrowed down yet. There is some speculation that it could end up being a battle between the two Los Angeles schools, with UCLA having a real shot in large part because of its basketball program. The USC football program should be a strong draw as well, so it’s probably too early to know for sure which way they might be leaning. They are both scheduled to be at the B2G camp this weekend so we will look to get more of an update from them at that time.

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The 2012 B2G Elite Camp will kick off on June 29 and the roster of attendees makes it a must-see event for any recruiting fan.

Held at Cal Lutheran University, the camp features three days of training, meetings and film study for 85 top athletes. Camp attendees are also given a glimpse into the academic requirements at the next level.

B2G has produced plenty of big time defensive backs over the years, and that pedigree combined with how loaded the 2013 West region recruiting class is with safeties and cornerbacks makes it no surprise that the roster is stacked at those two positions.

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Impact of Daniels' UW commit 

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With the news on Saturday that Darrell Daniels (Freedom, Calif./Oakley) had given a verbal commitment to the University of Washington, the wide receiver recruiting picture for the Trojans was narrowed down even more.

It was only a week ago that Daniels was considered a prime target to end up at USC. Daniels -- the top California receiver in the ESPN 150 and No. 54 prospect in the overall rankings -- attended the USC skills camp on June 10 with the intention of giving his commitment to the Trojans, which would have given USC a pair of 6-foot-3 receiver commits if Daniels had been paired up with previously committed Eldridge Massington (Mesquite, Tex./West Mesquite) .

Things didn’t quite go smoothly for Daniels during the USC camp with many observers saying his speed -- or lack of it -- was a noticeable issue compared to other receivers at the camp. In the end, Daniels did not commit to USC that day -- or was not allowed to commit -- but the Trojans did walk away with a verbal commitment from Steven Mitchell from Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany.

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WeAreSC Roundtable 

June, 14, 2012
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"USC has nine commits for the class of 2013. Give your thoughts on how the remaining nine scholarships will be divided up and who you think will take those spots."

Garry Paskwietz

Tyree Robinson (WR/DB) – This is a unique athlete who can contribute at multiple spots. He will be a package deal with his twin brother.

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USC skills camp recap 

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It was a flurry of activity on Sunday at the USC skills camp with a verbal commit, several new offers and a look at some top underclassmen.

Things were particularly strong at the wide receiver position. Two players came into the camp with USC offers -- Darrell Daniels (Freedom, Calif./Oakley) and Demorea Stringfellow (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde) -- while two other receiver offers were made to Steven Mitchell (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany) and Sebastian Larue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica). The Trojans also offered Tyree Robinson from San Diego Lincoln, an athlete who could end up at receiver.

With the commitment of Mitchell -- to go along with an earlier verbal from Eldridge Massington from Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite -- the Trojans now have two commitments at the wide receiver spot, and most recruiting projections had the Trojans taking two receivers in this class. The USC coaches confirmed with Larue that his offer was on the table -- even after the Mitchell verbal -- so that could be an indication that the Trojans might not be done at that position.

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The Robinson twins haven't been discussed much this spring in football recruiting circles. Standout basketball players as well, Tyrell Robinson and Tyree Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) have been busy on the hardwood and absent from every 7-on-7 event, but that doesn't mean college coaches haven't taken notice.

The 6-foot-3 dynamos had collected offers from virtually the entire Pac-12 Conference, as well as national powers such as Oklahoma and Notre Dame. On Sunday afternoon, they took another big step by receiving an offer in football from the USC Trojans after their performance at USC's one-day camp. Both players are four-star recruits, and Tyree is the No. 282 player in the country.

USC had already offered both in basketball, but getting Lane Kiffin and staff on board was a big deal for the Trojans, as there is no doubt that the twins will be playing two sports in college. They are also a package deal in every sense.

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