USC Football Recruiting: Breaking Down Decommitments Before Signing Day

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2013

USC had put together a solid recruiting class this offseason with room for improvements on national signing day. Unfortunately, it lost some key pieces on Tuesday.

A few of Lane Kiffin's commits are not as sold on the Trojans as they originally seemed and will end up signing with a different school on Wednesday.

There are a number of circumstances that could lead to a late switch, but these prospects have already decided to go in a different direction.

Note: All photos courtesy of 247 Sports.


Jalen Ramsey, Cornerback

There are few players more athletic in the country than Jalen Ramsey. The cornerback has great speed and the quickness to stay with the top receivers he'll face.

Despite committing to the Trojans in the summer, he continued to take official visits to various schools from coast to coast.

In the end, it appears that he will change his commitment and sign with Florida State instead, according to Chad Simmons of

With top defensive backs Su'a Cravens and Leon McQuay III still in the fold, things could be much worse. However, this is still a big loss for the Trojans.

On the bright side, Ramsey decided to go far away from the West Coast and will not be able to beat the team in conference.


Torrodney Prevot, Defensive End

Most defensive ends need to add weight and improve technique before they're able to step on the field. However, Torrodney Prevot has the ability to play right away with his adept pass-rushing skill.

Like Ramsey, Prevot has been committed to USC for months, but he will also go in another direction.

Greg Powers of Fox Sports reports that he won't sign with the team and is instead looking at Texas A&M and Oregon:

While Prevot is not the best prospect, he still would likely provide defensive line depth right away. This makes getting a commitment from a player like Eddie Vanderdoes much more important on signing day, although that seems unlikely also.


Jason Hatcher, Defensive End

Although Jason Hatcher's recruitment has gone back and forth over the past few months, it seemed like he was set on attending USC.

The defensive end's mother told (via Steve Jones of The Courier Journal), "We’ve told people he is waiting until signing day, but he is sticking with USC."

However, that was only a few days before he decided that he is going to sign with Kentucky instead, according to Dave Hooker of ESPN.

It makes sense for the Louisville native to stay close to home, but this continues to be a bad sign for the Trojans.

USC has a good amount of top players, but this is an incredibly small class. Hopefully, Kiffin will be able to pull out a few new recruits on Wednesday.