Eldridge Massington Decommits from USC: How Trojans Can Fill Void Left by 4-Star

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIDecember 4, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

4-star wide receiver Eldridge Massington has decommitted from the USC Trojans.

Massington checks in at 6'3'', 205 pounds according to ESPN recruiting nation, and he's the No. 16 ranked wide receiver in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, so there's no way around the fact that this is a bad recruiting loss for Lane Kiffin and the Trojans.

Damon Sayles of ESPN.com reports on Massington's decommitment:

After discussing his recruiting situation with his parents and his recruiting coordinator, Massington decided Tuesday that he will decommit from USC and reopen his process. Ranked No. 167 in the ESPN 300, Massington said he’s open to all programs that are still interested in him.

Sayles also reports that much of the reason behind Massington's decision revolves around his desire to rehab his knee, which he injured in July, per the report:

Massington, however, said his decommitment stems from recent conversations with the USC coaching staff. He said his mid-year arrival to the campus would be delayed.

“I won’t be able to get to USC in January, and I need to get somewhere for my knee to make sure it really gets to 100 percent,” said Massington, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver. “I want to make sure it gets professional rehab.

Kiffin's 2013 recruiting class now stands at 16 commitments, and while they're still ranked No. 1 overall by Rivals.com, losing the commitment of a talented player like Massington will leave a void.

Where does USC turn from here in regards to recruiting?

The good news is, they still have two very good receiver commitments in 4-star Sebastian Larue, and 4-star Steven Mitchell—who is the No. 6 receiver in the nation according to Rivals.

If anything, Kiffin and the Trojans need to up their communication with those two recruits in an effort to ensure that their commitments will be intact, because losing another wideout from this class would not bode well for the Trojans.

As far as other potential recruits USC could bring in to replace Massington, the Trojans definitely will have their options. The kicker is, they probably won't be able to land another big name.

In a perfect world, I could give you names like 5-star receiver Robert Foster or 5-star Laquon Treadwell, both whom USC have offered, but a look at their interests list would show you that barring a huge push, the Trojans are out of the running.

Realistically, USC will have to recruit a lower star player in hopes that they find a gem.

Frankly, many times that's the best way to go about recruiting in the first place. The recruit may not have a big name or a ton of hype around him, and he may not have a 4 or 5-star rating, but ratings and stars can only take you so far in college football. It's all about potential and the desire to be great.

There's a whole list of 3-star receivers that have an interest in the Trojans but haven't received an offer, and if Kiffin and his staff really want to try to find another wide receiver, finding that diamond in the rough may be their best bet.

USC will fill the void, they always do. Part of what makes USC the program they are is that they have no problem attracting talented football players.

Losing Massington hurts, but USC will be just fine.

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