With national signing day tomorrow, Trojans across the nation nervously await the results. Will USC rejoice in a class of 2013 stacked with 4- and 5-star recruits? Or will the Trojans find themselves disappointed and with spots to fill in their class?
Y’all, this is so much like sorority rush it isn’t even funny. Right now USC—under sanctions and with the PR-challenged Lane Kiffin as coach—plays the part of the sorority hobbled by a bad reputation. Sure, they may be the prettiest girls on campus, but they’ve got a PR problem and a hard time getting new members.
Doomsday tweeters are all over Twitter projecting doom and gloom for the Trojans. Kiffin apologists are fighting back, squawking about his past recruiting victories and reassuring everyone that ol’Kiffy will come through for USC once again.
We don’t have long to wait now. Trojans fans’ jangled nerves frankly can’t take too much more. Right now, it doesn’t look good for the Trojans.
There has already been some bad news today. Three players have decommitted from the Trojans on signing day eve. Torrodney Prevot, a 4-star DE who committed to USC last summer, is expected to sign with Texas A&M (via Reign of Troy).
At one point USC had a bevy of defensive linemen committed to the Trojans. Five highly ranked players would have shored up new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast’s system and given the Trojans a bit of depth. Only Kenny Bigelow remains of the original five commits.
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey is a 5-star athlete who committed to USC last summer. He is expected to sign with Florida State. This is a significant loss for the Trojans, even with Su’a Cravens and Leon McQuay III a part of USC’s class of 2013.
Jason Hatcher, a 4-star DE, has flip-flopped his commitment to USC several times in the past few months, but even just a few days ago, he seemed to send signals indicating he was ready to commit to USC once and for all. Hatcher’s mother even told USCFootball.com (via Steve Jones of The Courier-Journal), "We’ve told people he is waiting until signing day, but he is sticking with USC."
ESPN reported today that Hatcher has elected to sign with the Kentucky Wildcats instead (via Dave Hooker/ESPN).
This many decommits this close to signing day is, overall, a bad sign for the Trojans. Sure, the class—though small in size—is loaded with talent. But with Prevot, Ramsey and Hatcher joining previous decommits, it is hard for USC Nation not to panic.
Eddie Vanderdoes and Kylie Fitts remain in play, and they are set to decide between USC, UCLA and Notre Dame.
Follow Bleacher Report on Wednesday for signing day news as it happens.
Amy is the lead USC football writer for B/R. Follow her on Twitter at @GridironGoddess