WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday.
Ed (N.M.): Interesting tweet you had on [Texas commit] A'Shawn Robinson. I know the talk about possible candidates for the open recruiting slot were three great safeties. Given the problems with defense this year, if A'Shawn is a legitimate chance, do you seeing a top DT being a bigger need than a safety? Thanks.
If that defensive tackle is top-rated Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County), then I think the decision is an obvious one. But after losing a commitment from free safety Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo), the void next to strong safety commit Su’a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) in the Trojans’ secondary is perhaps more pressing. If USC can land another highly coveted safety -- either No. 3-rated Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), No. 4-rated Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos de Niza) or No. 8-rated Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) -- then you’d assume Ed Orgeron would settle for highly coveted defensive tackles Kenny Bigelow (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) and Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer).
Brandon Matthews (via @bcmatthews): Is Jalen (Ramsey) still considered solid commit? He taking any more visits?
Yes, Ramsey is fairly solid and even good for a few “Fight On!” tweets per week. He has stopped granting interviews to reporters (things got too hectic, he said), but the No. 7-rated cornerback has set up official visits to Washington (Dec. 7) and Alabama (Jan. 11), his father Lamont told me. Ramsey will take his official to USC last (Jan. 18) and it appears that something drastic would have to happen for him to sign elsewhere in February.
Will Gutilla (via @Will_Gut): Doesn't (Chip) Kelly only give visits to guys who are uncommitted? And if so, this must mean something
You’re referring to offensive tackle commit Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) setting up an official visit to Oregon for the weekend of Nov. 16. Falah said Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood unexpectedly called to gauge his interest, Falah said, and the four-star lineman jumped on the opportunity to visit Eugene. Falah had previously canceled two trips to Oregon, but apparently has been allowed to take a trip there now that USC has lost three games.
Perhaps it’s an indication that Oregon no longer feels threatened by Trojans commits coming in and interacting with other recruits. Falah told me he has not decommitted and doesn’t anticipate doing so.
“It won’t happen,” he said in a text message.
Craig H. (Venice Beach, Calif.): The big recruiting weekend might be the finale against Notre Dame, but any notable recruits visiting for Arizona State game this week?
The big one is Class of 2014 offensive tackle Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), an ESPN Watch List member who recently told me he really liked the USC campus while in town for a camp this past summer. USC already has three offensive line commitments in next year’s class, but Cole said offensive line coach James Cregg and coach Lane Kiffin remain in constant contact with him.
Elsewhere this weekend, four-star receiver commit Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica) will take an official visit to Washington State. Redfield, meanwhile, will take an official trip to Washington.