Ruffin will make sizable difference

Versatile ESPNU 150 athlete can shut down runners as well as receivers

Updated: August 31, 2011, 5:27 PM ET
By Erik McKinney |
Editor's note: WeAreSC recruiting editor Erik McKinney will rank the Trojans' commitments from 10 to 1 according to the importance of each to the 2012 roster. Prospect No. 3 is linebacker Jabari Ruffin.

After stocking the NFL with linebackers during their recent run of success, the USC Trojans have seen their hoard of talent at the position wane through the past several seasons. Coach Lane Kiffin and his staff took a step in the right direction with the previous recruiting class, going across the country to secure commitments from Lamar Dawson and Anthony Sarao. This year, the Trojans were fortunate to find one of the country's top linebackers, Jabari Ruffin, right in their backyard.