USC capitalizing on local defenders
Trojans have a stranglehold on top defensive players from California
Originally Published: August 7, 2012By Erik McKinney | RecruitingNation
The top-tier talent and overall depth in the secondary makes it an easy choice for the strongest position in California's 2013 defensive recruiting class. Led by USC safety commit Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta), seven defensive backs from the state are listed in the ESPN 300 and 10 are rated as four-star recruits. While the West Coast isn't known for producing a large number of elite defensive linemen, there are a handful of national-level athletes this year. USC defensive tackle commit Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) is the No. 5 player in the nation at his position and was recruited by virtually every program in the country. USC defensive end commit Kylie Fitts (Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley) and Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland) have received upward of 20 offers, while Washington commit Elijah Qualls (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande) and Austin Hooper (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) are four-star standouts. It's not a great year for linebackers in California, as just six rank in the top 100 in-state recruits -- although the guy at the top, USC commit Michael Hutchings (Concord, Calif./De La Salle), is one of the nation's best.
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States Of Recruiting
Every year, recruiters search the country for the nation's best players. They log countless miles and no state is ignored. So which states have the most to offer this year? RecruitingNation goes state by state and examines the overall talent level, names the top undecided prospect, finds a player whose name you should remember and also breaks down which schools are doing the best in each state.
• Alabama: Recruits split -- Bama or Auburn?
• Arkansas: Top prospect leaving the state
• Arizona/New Mexico: Strong in secondary
• Calif. offense: Catching on in Golden State
• Calif. defense: USC cherry picking the elite
• Colorado: Battle to keep best at home
• Florida offense: Loaded with RBs, WRs
• Florida defense: Best group ever?
• Georgia: One of nation's top classes
• Hawaii/Alaska: Recruiters hit the Islands
• Iowa: Not deep, but getting better
• Illinois: Best class in recent memory
• Indiana: Getting a little better
• Kansas: More juco talent
• Kentucky: Louisville the hotbed
• Louisiana: Plenty of prospects
• Maryland: West coast invasion
• Michigan: U-M takes top talent
• Mississippi: Top recruits stay home
• Minnesota: ATH Onwualu leading the way
• Missouri: Tigers protecting borders well
• Nebraska: Quality over quantity
• Nevada: Hitting the jackpot in Las Vegas
• Northeast: Recruiters hitting area hard
(Conn., Del., D.C., Mass., Maine, Vt., N.H., R.I.)
• N.J./N.Y.: Bright lights, big recruits
• North Carolina: Prospects leaving home
• Ohio: Ohio State, Michigan battling
• Oklahoma: Sooners defending their turf
• Pacific Northwest: Ducks flying high
(Oregon, S.D., N.D., Idaho, Wyoming)
• Pennsylvania: WVU raiding the state?
• South Carolina: Surprisingly stocked
• Texas offense: Loaded with prospects
• Texas defense: Bigger and better
• Tennessee: Vols battling for local talent
• Utah: Loaded with linemen, as usual
• Virginia/West Virginia: Hokies capitalizing
• Wisconsin: Stocked with defensive ends
• Washington: Browne leads loaded QB crop