Big week for early enrollees

When the USC Trojans signed 12 players in February for the class of 2012 it meant that they would be able to bring in three players next spring as early enrollees to count against the 2012 class.

Those three scholarship spots are critical for a staff that will be able to offer only 15 scholarships for each of the next two classes as well, so it is important to make sure that every spot is utilized.

This week has proved to be a huge step in a positive direction in filling those spots as USC has received verbal commitments from QB Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) and CB Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga). Not only are both of those players considered to be among the elite in the country at their positions, they both are working toward graduating high school early and enrolling at USC next spring.

This is terrific news for USC head coach Lane Kiffin and staff. To potentially bring in two such quality players as midyear enrollees is not an easy thing to do, but you can be sure the Trojans won’t stop there. Vista Murrieta (Calif.) HS star ATH Su’a Cravens is also known to have plans to enroll early at his school of choice, and USC is on his short list.

The USC coaches are not limited to signing three bodies in the spring, but any players beyond that number would count against the 2013 class.