"USC has nine commits for the class of 2013. Give your thoughts on how the remaining nine scholarships will be divided up and who you think will take those spots."
Tyree Robinson (WR/DB) – This is a unique athlete who can contribute at multiple spots. He will be a package deal with his twin brother.
Nico Falah (OT) – The Trojans like his potential and he could be the only offensive lineman in this class. USC already has a pair of O-line commits for the class of 2014.
Scott Pagano (DL) – USC has a strong presence in the islands and a physical presence like Pagano would fit right in with this class.Erik McKinney/WeAreSC.com
Nico Falah will likely be choosing between USC and UCLA.
DeMarcus Walker (DL) – Ed Orgeron seems to make a habit of drawing players from the southeast region and Walker is as good of a guess as any right now to see who he gets this year.
Tyrell Robinson (OLB/DE) – This could be a key pick-up for this class with his ability to play either OLB or rush end. The fact that he comes with a similarly athletic twin is just a bonus.
Michael Hutchings (LB) – Make no mistake, the Huskies are taking a serious run for Hutchings but in the end we think he will pick the Trojans.
Tahaan Goodman (DB) – He really clicked with USC defensive back coach Marvin Sanders during the recent USC skills camp and the Trojans are now in the drivers seat for his services.
Jermaine Kelly (WR/DB) – This is my darkhorse pick. He’s known primarily as a wide receiver but also got in some work at corner in the recent USC camp.
From my perspective, you start off with where the Trojans are apparently done recruiting, meaning quarterback, running back, and probably wide receiver. From there, I see four spots going to the defensive line, one at linebacker, two defensive backs, one safety, and one offensive lineman.
Here are my nine future verbals with a brief comment:
Joe Mathis (DE) - Might be the toughest to rope in. He seems like a player who is starstruck by Michigan and the lure of leaving the area.
Elijah Qualls, Eddie Vanderdoes, Scott Pagano (DL) - I think the Trojans can get Qualls, who strikes me as a USC type of player. The Trojans' track record with standout Hawaiian players is good, despite the loss of Manti Te’o to you-know-who. I am concerned that the Trojans could be in a real struggle with Oregon for Vanderdoes. In fact, I would say that the Trojans are the underdog in this battle.
Michael Hutchings (LB) - Yeah, Washington will be a threat with Justin Wilcox and former Concord De La Salle grad and recruiting machine Tosh Lupoi recruiting him, but the kid’s heart has always been with the Trojans. You know how that usually turns out.
Johnny Johnson and Vernon Hargreaves lll (DB) - When it’s all said and done, I like the Trojans' chances with Johnson, and I think Hargreaves is a Monte Kiffin/Tampa Bay connection. The fact that Hargreaves is the son of a college coach makes it more likely the Trojans are a serious option because of Kiffin. A college coach likes to see his son prepared for the NFL by a former NFL coach, especially the status of Monte Kiffin.
Max Redfield (S) - I am not so sure he might not end up at wide receiver in the long run, although there will probably be a push early to get both Redfield and earlier commit Su’a Cravens on the field together in the secondary.
Max Redfield could play either safety or receiver in college.
Nico Falah (OL) - Having seen Falah in person, he strikes me as a Trojan, but I would not be surprised to see UCLA put on a serious push. My general rule is a kid coming from a private high school generally puts a private college at the forefront.
Demorea Stringfellow (WR)
Nico Falah (OL)
Surprise offensive line commit - probably from the Southeast, knowing Lane Kiffin and staff.
Eddie Vanderdoes (DL)
Kenneth Clark (DT)
Michael Hutchings (LB)
Priest Willis (S)
Tahaan Goodman (S)
Surprise defensive back - probably from the Southeast, knowing Lane Kiffin and staff.