Oregon and USC are two of the biggest names in the country in terms of college football recruiting, so when these two powerhouses meet up this weekend, there are bound to be some major implications.
Oregon is coming into the game at 8-0 and seem well on their way to winning the Pac-12, if not on their way to a National Championship bid. While USC has had a relatively disappointing season at 6-2, they still have a ton to play for, as they are still on top of the Pac-12 South.
While this game has a ton on the line in regards to on-field matters for this season, it will also have an impact on the 2013 recruiting class as well.
The Trojans currently have the No. 1 ranked recruiting class according to Rivals.com, and Lane Kiffin has done a great job of bringing in elite recruits. They have five 5-star players committed to their 2013 class.
There are still a few more elite prospects interested in USC out there though.
247Sports has an impressive list of recruits still with high interest in the Trojans, including 5-star defensive tackle Toby Johnson, 4-star safety (Rivals 5-star) Leon McQuay III and 4-star offensive tackle Desmond Harrison, amongst others.
USC could win a lot of these recruits over if they can get an epic win against a very good Oregon team here.
There's no better way to solidify a commitment than by getting a win over a big rival.
Oregon has pretty much dominated the Trojans as of late, and one could argue that he Ducks are in fact the elite program in the Pac-12, rather than USC. The whole balance of power in the conference could be at stake during this game, and you better believe that will impact recruiting for this season.
Who wins this Pac-12 showdown?
Needless to say, this is a very big game for both programs, but especially for USC.
There's going to be a lot at stake on the field of play, but the same could be said for the arena of recruiting as well.