It would be safe to say that the USC Trojans hold a slight advantage for the commitment of 4-star safety Tahaan Goodman over LSU, UCLA and Washington.
That advantage may actually grow now considering that Goodman recently had to cancel the visit to the next biggest school on his interest list—LSU.
Justin Hopkins of 247Sports reports on Goodman's visit situation:
"I won't be able to make it to LSU this weekend," Goodman said. "I'm going to go out there and visit still but I just don't know when that will be."
The nation's No. 46 overall player said he also intends to visit UCLA and USC officially at some point.
"I know I'm going to take all five official visits before making my decision," he said. "I'm definitely waiting and taking my time with the process. I know I will visit those three schools and I'm also looking at Oregon, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Washington and ASU for the final two visits."
This is a pretty big break for the Trojans. LSU is a major power in the college football world, and the Tigers are also a huge recruiting draw, so the fact that Goodman won't be visiting them for arguably the biggest game of the season against Alabama is essentially a recruiting win for USC.
The atmosphere for that game is bound to be absolutely incredible, and the stakes are extremely high. There are also some other big-time prospects that are planning on being at the game, so it really will be the perfect recruiting scenario for LSU.
Where will Goodman commit?
Goodman did say that he's looking to get back to LSU, so the Tigers will eventually have a chance to pitch him in person. However, I do believe that the experience will be significantly different and will probably have less of an impact than an LSU-versus-Alabama game visit would have.
USC didn't do anything in this scenario, but when it comes down to it, the Trojans will benefit because Goodman had to cancel this trip. USC will remain on top of his interest list, and, at least for now, it appears as if that's where it is going to stay.
LSU could have had a huge chance to shake that up. But in the end, it's USC that still holds the edge.
Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. In Lane Kiffin and USC's case, it's a little bit of both.