As the Trojans prepare to embark to sunny El Paso for a bowl game they couldn't have anticipated at the start of the year, the other college football "season" remains up in the air.
That, of course, is high school recruiting—the life blood of any successful college football program.
And while their play on the gridiron may have resulted in disappointment for USC, their efforts in luring prep stars to Los Angeles has been far more successful this year.
This slideshow will look at recruiting for the Trojans as the February letter of intent signing day draws near and will offer some news regarding several prospects along with a prediction or two as well.
Although USC is operating with reduced scholarships to offer—thanks to the NCAA's sanctions—there are still plenty of surprises out there that may affect the Trojans class of 2013.
Here are some of them.