Ten storylines for the 2012 class

The factors that came into play to create the Trojans' most recent recruiting class

Updated: February 9, 2012, 11:49 AM ET
By Erik McKinney | We Are SC
LOS ANGELES -- The 2012 USC recruiting class is signed and looking forward to beginning its career as Trojans this summer. But before the recruits hit the campus, WeAreSC takes a look back at the 10 most significant factors that contributed to the class taking the shape it did.

1. USC's appeal is denied
This should be fairly obvious, but nothing affected the 2012 class more than Lane Kiffin and the Trojans being handcuffed by NCAA sanctions. With only 15 spots available, several would-be Trojans will now be suiting up for opposing programs over the coming seasons. Not only does the limited number mean the USC coaches need to hit on 80 or 90 percent of the class, but they weren't able to load up with the bodies that make up the bottom half of a normal recruiting class. Those bodies often offer the hidden gems that bump a class up a notch or two.