Rivalry huge for recruiting perception

No game on the Trojans schedule means more to recruiting than the one with the Bruins

Updated: November 23, 2011, 6:01 PM ET
By Erik McKinney | We Are SC
LOS ANGELES -- Last Saturday's win over the Oregon Ducks may have been the biggest victory for the USC Trojans football team this season, but no game is bigger for recruiting -- and the future of the USC program -- than the annual crosstown rivalry with the UCLA Bruins.

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Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty ImagesFormer Bruins standout Akeem Ayers committed to UCLA in the aftermath of the Bruins' upset victory over USC in 2006.
No area serves as a more fertile recruiting ground for the Pac-12 Conference than Southern California. And no program has better access to that than the one that owns Los Angeles.