LOS ANGELES -- The USC Trojans lost their fourth game of the season on Saturday, and even though it came at the hands of crosstown rival UCLA, the general reaction among the Trojans' commits was all too familiar.
“It just makes me want to come in as fast as possible to help out,” four-star running back commit Justin Davis said Sunday.
It’s a sentiment shared by the members of a tight-knit recruiting class. Yes, USC is having an underwhelming campaign, but it appears that only drastic changes to the coaching staff between now and national signing day would have an effect.
Where fans see a lack of execution on the field, recruits see opportunities to contribute early.
“No matter the talent on your team, if you consistently give the ball away, you’re going to have a hard time winning,” Davis said.
Up to this point, four-star athlete Max Redfield has been the only defection from a class that went 99 days without activity. Redfield's decommitment, though, had more to do with schools such as Notre Dame and Oregon entering the picture than with anything at USC.
“STILL FIGHT ON!” top-rated safety Su'a Cravens wrote on his Twitter account.
Four-star offensive lineman Nico Falah, the only USC commit who took an official visit over the weekend, said he thoroughly enjoyed his trip to Oregon, yet he remained committed to the hometown Trojans.
Heated rival Notre Dame, the top-ranked team in the land, comes to town this week. A Trojans win would generate some optimism among the fan base and recruits. A loss would bring more uncertainty.
• USC led in the recruitment of safety Tahaan Goodman until recently, when the four-star prospect warmed up to the idea of attending the other Los Angeles school. Goodman was at the Rose Bowl on Saturday while on his official visit to UCLA. The Bruins now appear to be the school to beat, according to a source.
• Class of 2014 targets Adoree' Jackson and Dwight Williams, teammates at Gardena (Calif.) Serra, were both impressed by the Bruins on Saturday. While UCLA has extended offers to both, USC has not. Jackson and Williams have favored the Trojans for a while but this might now develop into a real battle.