WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it here.
Motovich (Torrance, Calif.): With Chris Hawkins not a sure thing, which of the current DB commits and potential recruits could play CB easily? We have a lot of athlete/DB commits or prospects that are more safety-types.
If the Trojans were to lose Hawkins -- which I doubt they will -- they could make a run at Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos de Niza) to fill the void. Willis is listed at safety now, but the common belief is that he’ll play corner in college. At this point, losing a commitment would presumably free up a spot for either Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) or Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga).
Current receiver commit Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica) is also capable of playing cornerback, so he could be an option. No. 2-rated cornerback Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) remains uncommitted and holds an offer from USC.
In the end, though, I think Hawkins and Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) will be the corners USC signs.
Evan (Norwalk, Calif.): Will we go after Thomas Tyner?
Two days after decommitting from Oregon, Tyner -- the No. 104 player in the ESPN 150 and No. 11-rated running back -- recommitted to the Ducks on Thursday. I think USC is content with the power-back tandem of Justin Davis (Stockton, Calif./Lincoln) and Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic Academy).
Justin (Phoenix, Ariz.): Why would [Max] Redfield have interest in Notre Dame?
In a sense, it was the perfect storm when Redfield and Hawkins visited South Bend: The site of College GameDay, two ranked teams and a thrilling finish. Coach Brian Kelly appears to have helped Notre Dame regain its national prominence. There’s plenty to like, really.
Redfield’s genuine interest in the Fighting Irish is not at all shocking. He’s been saying for months that he’d like to take visits, see different places and weigh his options. His commitment to USC in July seemed sudden, if not rushed, and that he might be wavering now is not surprising.
For what it’s worth, I think he signs with the Trojans in February.
Michael (Pasadena, Calif.): May sound funny, but did USC fill its recruiting class too soon?
Maybe, but it’s never a bad thing to secure commitments from top targets. Sure, USC is now trying to fend off other schools (Florida for Ramsey, Notre Dame for Hawkins and Redfield, for example), though I’m sure the coaching staff would prefer to be the hunted rather than the hunters.
Nick G. (Buffalo, N.Y.): Looking ahead to 2014, are there any players aside from the ones are already committed who are considered strong USC leans?
ESPN Watch List receiver Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), a former Georgia commit, has the Trojans in his top three. He seems to have fallen in love with Los Angeles following a visit to a USC camp this past summer.
Offensive tackle Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) is another one USC fans should feel good about at this point.