USC Trojans: Reuben Foster

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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.

WeAreSC Recruiting Mailbag 

June, 15, 2012
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Eddie VanderdoesTom Hauck/ESPNHSAuburn, Calif., defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes seems to have Oregon as his leader, but would NCAA sanctions against the Ducks provide an opening for the Trojans?
WeAreSC publisher Garry Paskwietz answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it here.

Ed (Las Cruces, N.M.): I know this is not a recruiting question, but was wondering if there were any rumors when NCAA would release findings/sanctions on Oregon? Is there any historical correlation between length of time they take and severity of sanctions? If they do come out this year, do you think it could be the tipping point for Vanderdoes? Thanks.

As USC fans well know, there is no set timetable for the NCAA on when they release any findings or any correlation to the length of the investigation and the penalties handed down. The NCAA is very random in this regard and it’s hard to predict how they will respond. With that being said, we are hearing rumblings that something is expected soon and that it will be a serious punishment. Without knowing what that punishment might be it’s hard to know how it would impact Eddie Vanderdoes. Right now Vanderdoes certainly seems to have the Ducks as his team to beat.

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WeAreSC Mailbag 

June, 8, 2012
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Robert NkemdicheRadi Nabulsi/ESPN.comTBD

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

Brady (Reading, Pa.): With Su'a Cravens' commitment and our chances looking good for getting either Max Redfield, Priest Willis, or Tahaan Goodman for the other safety spot, what do you think is a bigger need, CB Vernon Hargreaves or Mackensie Alexander, or DL recruits like Eddie Vanderdoes, Robert Nkemdiche, Joe Mathis or Montravius Adams?

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It has been an exciting few days for wide receiver Eldridge Massington (Mesquite, Tex./West Mesquite). After earning an offer from USC and committing to the Trojans late last week, Massington received an invitation to Nike's The Opening Monday evening.

Massington is the 63rd player added to the event and he joins cornerback Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) as USC commits who will be on hand in Beaverton, Ore. from July 5-8.

Hawkins and Massington will certainly brush up on their recruiting pitches during the event, as at least two dozen players scheduled to attend already hold USC offers.

That list includes linebacker Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn), cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa/Wharton), defensive end Carl Lawson (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton), offensive tackle Shamire Devine (East Point, Ga./Tri Cities), defensive end Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland) and safeties Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga), Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza), Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) and Marcell Harris (Orlando/Dr. Phillips).

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