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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
#AskLoogs: Still plenty of time for USC

By Tom Luginbill

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@TomLuginbill @RecruitingESPN How do you think USC closes out the recruiting cycle with the right head coach? #AskLoogs

— Dirk Hense (@Dirk_Hense) October 22, 2013

So much of the answer to this question depends on who they hire. With the right guy, they could clean up because they are USC and that carries a ton of weight, even with prospects who might have been fatigued with the Lane Kiffin-led Trojans. They can easily get back in with a multitude of California-based prospects including ESPN 300 cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) and athlete JuJu Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Polytechnic).

The good news for USC fans and whoever takes this job: There are a ton of West Coast prospects who are still uncommitted, so you know right off the bat that you have a chance down the stretch. The scholarship numbers are starting to get back up, too, which gives them more flexibility with who they pursue.

Don’t be surprised to see USC have a huge January.