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Coaches zero in on big visit weekend

Trojans staff has turned weekend in January into surprise recruiting bonanza

Updated: January 12, 2012, 1:43 PM ET
By Erik McKinney | We Are SC
LOS ANGELES -- For years, colleges coaches have scheduled their big recruiting weekends to coincide with highly anticipated football games in an attempt to show off all the pomp and circumstance that comes with the game-day atmosphere. But over the past two seasons, USC coaches have taken a different approach.

This weekend, the USC coaches could again host a double-digit visitor weekend. And while there aren't nearly as many available scholarships this time around, the buzz that is created with so many top prospects in one place is tough to turn down.

[+] EnlargeCyrus Hobbi
Cliff Welch/Icon SMIUSC's big recruiting weekend last January changed Cyrus Hobbi's opinion of the school, eventually leading to his commitment.
Last January, the Trojans staff hosted nearly 20 official visitors during one weekend. Of the eight uncommitted prospects in attendance, USC received signed letters of intent from six of them. All told, 12 of the recruits on campus that weekend eventually signed with the Trojans.

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