Up in the air

With only eight days to go before signing day, USC's 2013 class is still in a state of flux, with much to be decided.

This is a far cry from six months ago, when the Trojans' class appeared set with 18 commitments and was sitting atop the ESPN class rankings. USC is No. 8 in the latest rankings with 13 verbal commitments, but there is still uncertainty with a few of the committed players, as well as the pursuit of several uncommitted prospects.

It's been a long time since there was this much genuine drama for the Trojans in the final stretch prior to signing day, but one big ray of hope for USC fans is that this staff has shown an impressive ability to close strong.

USC coach Lane Kiffin and assistants Ed Orgeron and Kennedy Polamalu were part of Pete Carroll's staff -- one that always seemed to finish recruiting on a high note. In the three years under Kiffin, that trend has continued.