USC Football: Breaking Down the Trojans' Running Back Offers

Ross Dautel@@RossDautelContributor IIIApril 15, 2012

USC Football: Breaking Down the Trojans' Running Back Offers

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    With Spring Practice coming to a close, USC is still desperately thin at tailback with just three scholarship players on the roster at that position.

    The Trojans are set to lose Curtis McNeal, to graduation after the 2012 season, which makes running back one of the most crucial positions for USC to recruit in 2013.

    The Trojans currently have extended nine offers to running backs all across the country. With that in mind, let's handicap each of USC's tailback offers at this point in the recruiting process...

Greg Bryant

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    Bryant, a 4-star prospect from Delray Beach, Fla., showed early interest in USC before verbally committing to Oklahoma during a visit to Norman last month.

    Although he had never been to USC, Bryant said that he has followed the Trojans all his life and enjoyed watching the likes of Reggie Bush and LenDale White as a child.

    Typically Florida recruits are tough to pull out of the South, but Bob Stoops and the Sooners were able to do just that by securing an early commitment from Bryant.

    This recruitment is far from over, but for now Bryant appears to be locked in with Oklahoma and prying him away form the Sooners will be no easy task.

    Chance of Bryant Signing with USC: 20 percent

Justin Davis

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    Davis is the consensus top tailback in the state of California and has been high atop the Trojans' wish list for quite some time. In fact, he is the only 2013 back from the Golden State to earn an offer from USC at this point in the recruiting process.

    The 4-star running back from Stockton, Calif. has visited USC twice and come away impressed both times.

    Davis has been in contact with other potential USC recruits, including 4-star linebacker Michael Hutchings (a fellow Northern California native), which has many thinking he may be leaning towards Troy.

    The original plan for Davis was to hold off on making a commitment until the fall, but it now appears he wants to end the recruiting process sooner rather than later with a May decision.

    Davis is intrigued by USC's wide open depth chart and is the Trojans' RB to lose.

    Chance of Davis signing with USC:  90 percent

Tyshon Dye

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    USC entered the Dye sweepstakes back in February when the coaching staff extended him an offer. A native of Elberton, GA, Dye is being courted by some of the South's top schools including Auburn, Clemson and Georgia.

    Dye's early interest in the Trojans appears to be tapering off as it becomes more and more apparent that the 4-star running back will be staying closer to home.

    Dye originally stated that he would take an official visit to USC later in the year, but until those plans are set in stone, landing Dye looks like a long shot for Lane Kiffin and his staff.

    Chances that Dye signs with USC: 10 percent

Ryan Green

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    Like Greg Bryant, Ryan Green also hails from the state of Florida. Standing at 5'10", 195 lbs, Green is a 4-star running back prospect whose speed has caught the attention of many.

    Oftentimes East Coast prospects are turned off by the thought of attending school across the country, but that doesn't seem to be the case with Green. The St. Petersburg, Fla. (Catholic) star has family that lives in Southern California that could make the transition easier.

    Green is taking his time with a decision and it is unlikely that one will come anytime soon, but he did call his trip to Notre Dame last month his "best visit."

    The competition USC will face for Green will be stiff, but if the staff can lure the talented running back out west for an official visit, all bets are off.

    Chances that Green signs with USC: 15 percent

Derrick Green

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    Green is yet another out of state running back that holds an offer from USC. Green, a 4-star prospect and the sixth-ranked running back nationally, calls Richmond, VA home and consequently has many of the east coast schools courting him.

    Just a week ago, Green named Clemson his leader but still claims that he will further evaluate his options before making a verbal commitment.

    Green has visited a number of schools and currently claims offers from 27 universities, but his interest in USC has been minimal at this stage in the recruiting process.

    It is unclear whether or not Green will visit USC, but until he makes a trip out to Los Angeles, the Trojans will continue to be just a secondary player in the quest to land his services.

    Chances of Green signing with USC: 10 percent

Ty Isaac

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    Isaac could very well be the out of state running back with the greatest chance of landing in Troy. The 4-star prospect visited USC last month and liked what he saw.

    Isaac is from Joliet, IL so it's no surprise that he has perennial Midwest powers Notre Dame and Michigan after him early in the process.

    While at USC, Isaac developed relationships with other Trojan targets including committed 5-star quarterback Max Browne, which surely bodes will for Lane Kiffin's recruiting process.

    Isaac is expected to make a decision sooner rather than later seeing as he has the ultimate goal of graduating early in December.

    Pulling Isaac away from the Midwest will be difficult, but the Trojans have positioned themselves as well as anyone to land his services.

    Chances Isaac signs with USC: 65 percent

Jamel James

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    As it stands right now, James is verbally committed to Arkansas and has been for the past year. However, in light of head coach Bobby Petrino's recent dismissal from the Razorbacks coaching staff, James' status is up in the air.

    Despite the recent turmoil in Fayetteville, James, a 3-star running back from Katy, TX, has yet to show any legitimate interest in USC.

    Until James starts mentioning the Trojans on a regular basis, we have to assume his interest in USC is minimal at best.

    Chances of James signing with USC: five percent

Alvin Kamara

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    Kamara attends the same high school in Georgia as former-Trojan wide receiver, Brice Butler. The small (5'9", 190 lbs) but speedy 4-star running back did express interest in USC upon receiving an offer from the staff earlier in the year.

    Kamara was impressed with USC's tradition and track record of developing running backs, two elements that bode well for the Trojans moving forward with his recruitment.

    Kamara does plan to visit Los Angeles at some point and the interest that the talented tailback has in USC will become clearer.

    Chances Kamara signs with USC: 35 percent

Thomas Tyner

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    Tyner is arguably the top running back in the 2013 class and the Trojans would love to get their hands on him. Unfortunately for USC fans, Tyner has already pledged his services to Chip Kelly and Oregon, but that hasn't stopped Kiffin and company from actively recruiting him.

    In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Tyner acknowledged that USC is still pursuing him but he was unsure if he would visit Los Angeles because he feels at home with the Ducks in Eugene.

    Tyner is from Beaverton, OR, and he's been verbally committed to Oregon since November. It's doubtful that USC will be able to sway him away from the Ducks, but stranger things have happened in the world of recruiting.

    Chances of Tyner signing with USC: 15 percent