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Black Team offense

Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)

Running back: Alvin Kamara

Receiver: Alvin Bailey (Florida), Robert Foster (Alabama), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington)

Tight end: O.J. Howard (Alabama)

Offensive tackle: Darius James (Texas), Denver Kirkland

Offensive guard: Grant Hill (Alabama), Joas Aguilar (Texas A&M)

Center: Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame)

Captains: Kelvin Taylor, Hunter Bivin, Robert Nkemdiche, Ben Boulware

Black Team defense

Defensive end: Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel

Defensive tackle: Greg Gilgmore (LSU), Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii)

Inside linebacker: Ben Boulware (Clemson)

Outside linebacker: Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Matthew Thomas

Safety: Keanu Neal (Florida), Leon McQuay III

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame)

Black Team special teams

Long snapper: Tyler Kluver (Iowa)

Kicker/punter: Sean Covington (UCLA)

White Team offense

Quarterback: Kevin Olsen (Miami)

Running back: Keith Ford (Oklahoma)

Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ryan Green (Florida State), Jalin Marshall (Ohio State)

Tight end: Hunter Henry (Arkansas)

Offensive tackle: Derwin Gray (Maryland), Dorian Johnson (Pittsburgh)

Offensive guard: Patrick Kugler (Michigan), David Dawson (Michigan)

Center: Scott Quessenberry (UCLA)

White Team defense

Defensive end: Carl Lawson (Auburn), Joey Bosa (Ohio State)

Defensive tackle: Henry Poggi (Michigan), Kelsey Griffin (South Carolina)

Inside linebacker: Reuben Foster, Yannick Ngakoue

Outside linebacker: Trey Johnson

Safety: Max Redfield, Antonio Conner

Cornerback: Gareon Conley (Ohio State), Shaq Wiggins (Georgia)

White Team special teams

Long snapper: Brendan Turelli

Kicker: Ryan Santoso (Minnesota)

Punter: Shane Tripucka

Captains: Ryan Green, Hunter Henry, Patrick Kugler, Reuben Foster

#BlueChipBattles: Dec. 21

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Dee Liner, Reuben Foster, Tray MatthewsESPN.comReuben Foster (center) is torn between good friends Dee Liner (left) and Tray Matthews (right).

No. 1 ILB Reuben Foster has voiced his desire to play with at least one of his SEC-bound friends next season. But will he follow Tray Matthews to Georgia or hook up with Dee Liner wherever the ESPN 150 DL settles? It remains to be seen, but the mystery surrounding his recruitment keeps Foster at the top of our #BlueChipBattles.

Each week, RecruitingNation summons its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits leading up to February's signing day.

Here are this week's top battles Insider, and you can take a shot at ranking the top 10 recruiting battles on SportsNation.

#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 30

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Carl Lawson, Dee Liner, Reuben FosterESPN.comCarl Lawson, Dee Linerand Reuben Foster are still committed to Auburn, but the Tigers' coaching situation could change things for the three ESPN 150 recruits.

Auburn bid farewell to head coach Gene Chizik on Sunday. Could the Tigers also be saying goodbye to a trio of ESPN 150 recruits who could take their talents elsewhere?

Each week, RecruitingNation summons its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits leading up to February's signing day.

Here are this week's top battles Insider, and you can take a shot at ranking the top 10 recruiting battles on SportsNation.

#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 16

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Alvin Kamara, Derrick GreenESPN.comUncommitted 2013 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green.

ESPN 100 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green can score from anywhere on the field thanks to their breakaway speed, an attribute that makes them very attractive recruits to the Oregon Ducks. Oregon's pursuit of the duo headlines this week’s #BlueChipBattles. Insider

Click through for our list to rank the top 10 recruiting battlesInsider.

#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 2

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RecruitingNation has summoned its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits Insider leading up to February's signing day. We'll update our rankings periodically to reflect a change in a player's status (i.e., new offers, trimmed-down list or a positive/negative official visit).

Our writers have debated the list for weeks, but we value your input as well. Voice your opinion on Twitter (@RecruitingESPN) using#BlueChipBattles or vote for which player should hold the No. 1 spot on Facebook.

#BlueChip Battles: Oct. 26

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Pitt doesn't want WR Robert Foster to leave the Keystone State and USC hopes to keep CB Max Redfield in Cali. The local programs' bid to keep those two stars in-state highlights this week's #BlueChipBattles Insider.

#BlueChipBattles is the Twitter hashtag to use if you want to voice your opinion on our list or to view other fans' reactions as the commitments begin to roll in. Get recruiting updates on the players above as well as the nation's other top football prospects here: @RecruitingESPN.

#BlueChipBattles: Week 3

October, 19, 2012
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David Dawson decommited from Michigan and Justin Manning delayed his decision date, and that had a big-time ripple effect in this week's #BlueChipBattles Insider, as more than half of the top 10 spots have new occupants.

USC movement in ESPN rankings

July, 12, 2012
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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: Opening version 

July, 5, 2012
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Nico FalahTom Hauck for ESPN.comAs the top West Coast offensive lineman participating in The Opening, Nico Falah will get a chance to prove if his rise up the recruiting rankings is legitimate.
Which five USC recruits, committed or uncommitted, are you most looking forward to following at The Opening?

Garry Paskwietz
CB Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy): There is a lot of buzz right now about the possibility of Ramsey becoming a Trojan. He made two visits to the USC campus in the last month and also took part in the recent Rising Stars Camp. This event will offer a real opportunity to see how he performs on the same field as some of the top West Coast corners such as Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga).

OL Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco): This is a big step up for Falah, a newcomer to the game who has seen his stock rise this spring to the point where he is competing on this national stage. Look for him to show why he’s the only offensive lineman in the state to have an SC offer.

WR Eldridge Massington (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite): It’s going to be nice to see all three USC receiver commits in action at the same time. I’ve seen both Steven Mitchell (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany) and Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica), so I’m looking forward to seeing Massington for the first time. There have been reports of his combination of speed and legit height and it will be good to judge him in person.

RB Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic): This should be a great glimpse into the future of the Trojan tailback spot. I’ve seen Justin Davis (Stockton, Calif./Lincoln) but this will be the first look at Isaac as well as a chance to see them together. Isaac impressed a lot of people at the Nike Camp with his ability to catch the ball and this event could give him a chance to show those skills again.

WR Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee): The Trojans already have three receiver commits but there’s a reason the coaches continue to show interest in Treadwell. Other commits such as Isaac and Hawkins have praised him as well.

Erik McKinney
QB Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline): The quarterbacks are going to be front and center during the two-day, 7-on-7 portion of The Opening, and that will be Browne’s chance to show how he compares to his fellow quarterbacks.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comThe WeAreSC panel is looking forward to seeing how Texas native Eldridge Massington looks alongside his fellow Trojans wide receiver commits.
WR Eldridge Massington: There are several big wide receivers in California, but the Trojans went into Texas to grab Massington. It should be fascinating to see how his combination of size and speed stacks up against the in-state wide receivers.

CB Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton): Last year Tracy Howard was the No. 1 cornerback from Florida. The Trojans were chasing and after watching him for about 30 seconds at The Opening, it was easy to see why. This year, it’s Hargreaves the Trojans are chasing and the cornerback will have an opportunity to prove that he is the top cornerback in the country.

DE Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland): Mathis was terrific at the Los Angeles Nike Camp and has been working hard this off season to get into better shape. He slid in the most recent ESPN 300 release and will have an opportunity to prove himself with that quick first step against some of the top offensive tackles in the country.

OL Nico Falah: Because the linemen are able to wear pads and helmets at The Opening, it gives a more realistic look at them as players compared to the usual camp setting. There is no shortage of defensive line talent this year, and while Kyle Murphy and Joshua Garnett announced the West Coast presence with authority last season, it will likely be up to Falah to lead the way this year.

Greg Katz
OL Nico Falah: I am looking forward to seeing the type of performance Falah has against some of the top-flight defensive linemen in the country. Having seen this kid at the Nike combine at Cerritos JC in the spring, it seemed he got better and better each rep. Now we’ll see how far he has taken what he has learned, and there is extra intrigue since he is considered a Trojans lean.

WR Steven Mitchell: Much has made about the standout summer that Mitchell is having, so, like Falah, let’s see what he does against some of the best defensive backs in the nation. You could also throw in fellow Trojans verbal Sebastian LaRue to find out if both he and Mitchell are as explosive as advertised, especially in separation.

DL Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer): We’ll find out more about the hyped Vanderdoes. Vanderdoes has gotten a great deal of national publicity, so if Falah is the best offensive lineman in California and Vanderdoes the best defensive lineman in the state, let’s get it on and find out who’s the real deal. This certainly will be one of the camp highlights, especially for those that follow Trojans recruiting.

Ty Isaac, Justin DavisESPNChicago.com, Courtesy Stephen K. SinnockThe Opening will give Trojans fans a chance to look at their future backfield, as running back commits Ty Isaac (left) and Justin Davis (right) will join quarterback commit Max Browne.
There will be 150 of the top high school prospects in the nation in attendance this week at The Opening, with plenty of USC recruits on hand.

In fact, USC will have eight verbal commits taking part in the event which starts on Thursday at the Nike headquarters in Oregon, the most from any school.

The list starts with quarterback Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Sammamish) who will make the short trip for the event. Browne is currently the No. 2 pocket passer in the ESPN rankings and this event will be a terrific opportunity for him to compete on the same field with the No. 1 pocket passer on the list, Penn State commit Christian Hackenberg (Fort Union, Va./Fork Union Military Academy).

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The B2G Elite Camp, held over the weekend at Cal Lutheran University featured 100 top football players from across the country. The published roster was loaded with talent and the turn out did not disappoint. After two days of individual drills, including one-on-one and seven-on-seven work, the group broke into the "A game" on Sunday, which featured several highlights.

In a high-scoring affair that was eventually secured for the offense with a leaping touchdown grab from wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee), both sides had players step up and contribute.

But it began and ended with Treadwell, who hauled in three touchdown passes and was awarded the offensive MVP of camp. The nation's No. 38 player and No. 4 wide receiver had two long catch-and-run touchdowns, then made his mark on the final drive with a tough catch in traffic along the sideline to set up the final score. The few times he had difficulty getting open or securing a catch, more times than note it was cornerback Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) providing the coverage. The two had several terrific one-on-one battles throughout camp with neither player giving an inch to the other. Hawkins said Treadwell can expect to hear from him in the future, as the USC commit looks to haul in another standout receiver for the Trojans while they participate in The Opening later this week.

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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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ESPN 150 WR Treadwell names top 7 

June, 4, 2012
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee), the top uncommitted prospect in the Midwest, has more than 20 offers, but the ESPN 150 receiver handicapped the race at the Nike Football Training Camp on Sunday.

“Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois, Notre Dame and USC,” Treadwell said.

The four-star receiver is planning to make it to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State this summer after he had to cancel his plans in April. Treadwell was on his way to visit the Cowboys and the Sooners on the same weekend, but a tornado warning forced him to go back home. He ended up visiting Michigan instead.

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WeAreSC Mailbag 

April, 13, 2012
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Joe MathisChantel Jennings/ESPN.comA dynamite trip to Michigan might have USC fans worried about Upland, Calif., defensive end Joe Mathis, but there is plenty of time for the Trojans in his recruitment.

WeAreSC recruiting editor Erik McKinney answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it here.

Drew (Monterey, Calif.): Why has USC not offered a scholarship to Eddie Vanderdoes? With the need for four DL recruits from this class, he seems like a natural fit with the size to play multiple positions.

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