USC Football Recruiting: Why Trojans 2013 Class Is Still Better Than UCLA's

Amy LamareSenior Analyst IFebruary 6, 2013

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 17:  Shaquelle Evans #1 of the UCLA Bruin makes a catch as he is defended by Nickell Robey #21 of the USC Trojans during a 38-28 UCLA win at Rose Bowl on November 17, 2012 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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In two offices in Los Angeles, the coaching staffs at USC and UCLA are hunkered down for the long haul—each laboring to sign the very best recruiting class possible. And, let’s face it, if they can nab a recruit committed to their cross-town rival, that’s never a bad thing.

With Kylie Fitts flip-flopping to UCLA and Eddie Vanderdoes reportedly deciding between UCLA and Notre Dame, the question begs to be asked: Is UCLA’s 2013 recruiting class stronger than USC’s?

It looks like the Bruins are having as good a day as USC’s is disappointing. ESPN 150 quarterback Asiantii Woulard, the No. 1-rated dual-threat QB in the country, and ESPN 150 linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea from Hawaii have signed with UCLA. (via ESPN Pac-12 blog)

ESPNU’s national signing day broadcast just listed UCLA as the No. 1 class in the Pac-12. Of course, much of that could be due to numbers. UCLA, not being under the scholarship sanctions the Trojans face, can sign a larger class.

For comparison, USC’s class is now ranked (nationally) No. 13 by Rivals and ESPN, No. 16 by Scout.   UCLA’s class is ranked (nationally) No. 9 by Rivals, No. 12 by ESPN and No. 4 by Scout.

Could “the Football Monopoly in Los Angeles” really officially be over? (via

Not so fast, Westwood.

USC, at the end of the day, will still land a recruiting class with a higher percentage of 4- and 5-star players than UCLA could imagine in its wildest dreams.

If Ty Isaac signs his LOI, USC’s 2013 class will have five players ranked as 5-star athletes and six rated as 4-star players.

UCLA fans can sit back and feel cocky about their signing day victories. The Trojans will be back.

The Trojans have the overall No. 1  QB (No. 7 overall player) in the country, QB Max Browne, who is already enrolled and attending classes at USC.  Su’a Cravens is the No. 1 ranked safety in the country and No. 12 overall player. Kenny Bigelow is the No. 1 ranked defensive tackle in the country and ranked No. 6 overall. Do you see my point?

The caliber of athletes USC has signed as the newest Trojans is why USC’s recruiting class can be considered better than UCLA’s.


Amy is the lead USC football writer for B/R. Follow her on Twitter at @GridironGoddess