Commentary

First big weekend wraps up

Mix of in-state commits, out-of-state prospects helps Trojans gain recruiting ground

Updated: January 16, 2012, 12:58 PM ET
By Erik McKinney | We Are SC
LOS ANGELES -- Lane Kiffin and the USC coaches hosted 11 recruits from across the country, stretching from Oregon to Florida, in the first of three big official visit weekends for the Trojans.

De'van Bogard
Tom Hauck for ESPN.comOhio State safety commit De'Van Bogard was one of 11 official visitors that USC hosted this weekend.
Of the 11, five were committed prospects from California -- Kevon Seymour (Pasadena, Calif./Muir), Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif./Crespi), Max Tuerk (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita), Jabari Ruffin (Downey, Calif./Downey) and Darreus Rogers (Carson, Calif./Carson). The out-of-state recruits included Andrus Peat (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol), Kyle Dodson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio./Cleveland Heights), De'Van Bogard (Cleveland/Glenville), Isaac Seumalo (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis), Tracy Howard (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) and D.J. Foster (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro).

For the verbal commits, the official visit had a very positive effect. Simmons and Tuerk were never planning on taking visits after their trip to USC, and the two big linemen are locked into becoming Trojans. Simmons will be back on campus next week as an unofficial visitor for another big recruiting weekend.

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