USC Football Recruiting: Top Names to Follow on National Signing Day

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2013

Just like old times, USC once again has one of the top recruiting classes in the country. However, national signing day will go a long way toward determining the school's final class ranking.

The full-day event gives high school prospects a chance to be in the national spotlight for the first time in their lives. However, the decision-making process is certain to give coaches headaches as they wait for an announcement.

While the Trojans will be tracking a number of moves around the country, these are the ones that will mean the most on Feb. 6.

Note: All photos courtesy of 247Sports.


Eddie Vanderdoes, DT

He has already committed and then decommitted from USC, but Eddie Vanderdoes has a chance of returning to the storied program.

The defensive tackle is one of the top players at his position in the country and could end up being the best by the end of his career. He already has solid size, but his speed and athleticism set him apart as he gets into the backfield with ease.

Vanderdoes has recently taken official visits to both Notre Dame and Alabama, and UCLA is very much in the picture. However, his familiarity with USC could end up being a good thing.

With a relatively small recruiting class, quality becomes much more important than anything else. The big man could end up making a huge difference in this group and his announcement will be the biggest thing to watch on signing day.


Jalen Ramsey, CB

Although Jalen Ramsey is already committed to USC, Trojan fans should be a little worried.

According to Mike Farrell of, there is still a battle for his services between USC, Florida and Florida State:

Farrell also stated in a Sports Illustrated article that the firing of defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders might play into the decision, which does not bode well for the Trojans. 

Lane Kiffin has already put together an outstanding defensive secondary in this class and it will soon be one of the top units in college football. However, Ramsey is a big part of that.

The cornerback has excellent size for the position and the speed to cover the best receivers in the nation. This is certainly a race that the coaching staff should monitor this week.


Quinton Powell, OLB

The former Florida commit was expected to return to the Gators, but things are looking up for USC.

According to Brian Linder the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Florida told Quinton Powell that he no longer has a scholarship available for the school.

This certainly clears things up for the Trojans, who would gladly take on a player with great instincts at linebacker who could immediately help against the run.

While most schools around the country would like to make a late push for Powell, it seems like the Florida native is ready to head west and join an already solid recruiting class at USC.