2013 class grows bigger and brighter
For those waiting to see the negative effects of NCAA mandated scholarship reductions, the wait becomes longer. The Trojans have yet to hit a snag on the recruiting trail, and continue to stockpile quality for what they will lack in quantity.
Wednesday exemplified the effort and focus of the coaching staff, as three big body recruits gave verbal commitments to sanctioned USC.
The day began with Khaliel Rodgers pledging to Lane Kiffin and his USC program. The 300-pound offensive guard from Elkton Maryland chose not to delay his decision and quickly gave Southern California the early nod.
Hours later, the Trojans received a second pledge, from another highly touted prospect, when Nico Falah added his name to the list for 2013. The 6’5, 275-pound lineman had been torn between locals USC and UCLA, before allowing the cardinal and gold to score a recruiting victory on Wednesday night. The day was capped with a commitment from 4-star defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes, raising the class total to 14, with four scholarships remaining.
Here we are in July and USC has only four open slots remaining for recruits. What should have been a negative effect brought on by sanctions appears to be just the opposite. Recruits aren’t cautious or hesitant to give their commitment to USC, fearing the Trojans won’t have a scholarship available. Instead, they are tapping in early to ensure one of the few openings before the window of opportunity closes for 2013. Through sanctions, the USC scholarship is gold and the nation’s top prospects are eager to stake a claim.
The three new commitments elevated USC to second in the Rivals.com recruiting rankings, sitting just below Michigan. The Wolverines currently have 22 commits to the 2013 class, but the Trojans possess the highest average star rating of any school.
The updated class of 2013 can be viewed HERE.