The Impact Oregon vs. USC Showdown Will Have on 2013 Recruiting Class

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIINovember 2, 2012

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 19: Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans looks over the defense as Khaled Holmes #78 of the USC Trojans points out defenders in the fourth quarter of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon. USC won the game 38-35. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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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, 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.

If the Trojans can knock off the current No. 4 team in the BCS rankings at home, this would be a huge momentum changer for the season. The atmosphere is bound to be incredible, and one can only imagine how many great prospects are going to be tuning in that may sway in USC's favor if they can take down the Ducks with much of the nation watching.

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 are also few big names that will be in town that have already committed to USC, according to ESPN Recruiting Nation. They have 4-star defensive tackle (Rivals 5-star) commit Kenny Bigelow scheduled for a visit this weekend, as well as 4-star offensive guard commit Khaliel Rodgers.

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.

Oregon and USC compete for a lot of the same prospects in Pac-12 country, so the winner will not only have bragging rights, but they could snag an advantage over the other when it comes to being able to pitch recruits that are interested in both schools, or the Pac-12 in general.

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.

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