USC Football Recruiting 2013: Will Trojans Join Chase for Coveted 4-Star WR?

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2012

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John Ross is a wanted man.

The 4-star athlete from Long Beach, California has added 12 offers to his list in just the last two weeks, according to Greg Biggins of and more are likely on the way.

The latest to offer is Michigan, although they want him to play corner. The Long Beach, California star told Biggins:

Michigan offered me for corner. San Diego State and San Jose State did as well but most of my offers are at receiver. California, Oregon, Washington State, Arizona State, Arizona, Nebraska, Utah, Hawaii, and Colorado State all offered me recently ... It was crazy, they just kind of all came one after the other but it was pretty exciting. I have everyone in the Pac 12 except USC and Stanford now plus all the others. Right now, I honestly have no idea what I’m going to do.

So now the question is whether or not the Trojans extend an offer to one of the hottest commodities on the West Coast.

Earlier today Lane Kiffin and company landed their third WR commit of the 2013 class in 4-star Sabastian LaRue, and now have 10 committed on the year.

USC only signed two receivers in last year's class and have already surpassed that mark with their haul this year (assuming they hold onto them the next seven months).

The Trojans' class lacks quantity, but their quality is off the charts. Ross, who is only 5'9", 175 pounds, is a speedster that can make plays every time he touches the football.

He's nowhere near making a decision (as he said he'll likely commit on National Signing Day) but USC has had to have taken notice of his recent rise in popularity. 

Kiffin and company won't be swayed by others' opinions, but Long Beach is basically in their back yard. 

Ross' patience gives the Trojans an edge. They don't have to jump into the mix now, especially if he holds true on committing on NSD, but he's a kid that could help any team. They've already expressed interest in him, meaning he's hardly off the radar, so don't be surprised if they play it cool for the time being.

The reason USC is as good as they are is because they know where, when and how to land recruits. If they're going to offer John Ross it will come at the opportune time.