USC: Jalen Ramsey

WeAreSC recruiting mailbag 

March, 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 @WeAreSCstaff or @bangulo.

billsb1970: Blair, it is interesting that we offer out-of-state recruits first and yet other big programs offer the local recruits before the Trojans. Shouldn't the Trojans put a fence around California first?

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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Roundtable: Signing-day wish list 

January, 31, 2013
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Where do you think things stand with the following recruits on the USC wish list?

Garry Paskwietz


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Recruiting: Why it's happening so quickly

July, 17, 2012
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Three months ago, it would have been ludicrous to say that USC's NCAA sanctions would help the school assemble its 2013 recruiting class.

Now, it would seem to be accurate.

In an unexpected turn of events capped off by Jalen Ramsey's Monday commitment, the Trojans have gathered 14 star-studded commitments in an unprecedented three-month binge to reach the NCAA-mandated limit of 15 for the class of 2013 more than six months before Signing Day. (Because USC took only 12 players last Signing Day, the Trojans still have three more openings to fill, as long as at least three players from the class enroll early next winter.)

At this time last year, USC had only six commitments for the class of 2012. What suddenly gives?

Sanctions.

It actually makes sense: In the past, top prospects like Nelson Agholor and Leonard Williams knew they could wait as long as they wanted to commit and still have a spot at USC if they decided to be a Trojan. Both of those guys, arguably USC's top two 2012 recruits, didn't commit at all until they signed with USC on Feb. 1, Signing Day.

That simply can't happen this year, because the Trojans won't have any available spots.

Obviously there's a little bit of wiggle room -- if, say, Robert Nkemdiche decides in December or January he wants to go to USC over Clemson, there's probably going to be a spot cleared up for him in a day or two. But, for the most part, any non-No. 1 prospect has to commit now if he wants to secure his spot with the Trojans.

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