Five-star commit DeAnthony Thomas is a USC commit the Trojans must keep happy until Signing Day.
2010 Recruiting Ranking: No. 1 (Rivals)
Projected 2011 Recruiting Ranking: No. 11
One of the great ironies of 2010 recruiting is that, once Seantrel Henderson verballed to the Trojans, USC actually topped Florida and Texas for 2010's best class per Rivals.
Granted, Henderson transferred, as did JUCO signee Glen Stanley. Now, two other major signees, QB Jesse Scroggins and DB Demetrius Wright, may not academically qualify, robbing the 18-man class of almost a quarter of its talent.
But even after the transfers and torrid melodrama that surrounded it, I still don't think USC has a chance of topping 2010's class in 2011.
For one thing, the Trojans can sign 15 recruits maximum if the penalties stick. That means that with 11 current verbals, they have just four more to give from the 2011 class.
Second, I expect at least one or two de-commitments over the course of the season, whether from current Florida LB Kent Turene, who may be eyeing UCLA; from 5-star CB/RB DeAnthony Thomas, who is a soft verbal and will take other visits; or from one of the Trojans' two major QB commitments, Max Wittek or Cody Kessler. All of them would be difficult players to replace, Thomas most of all.
The Trojans could get a huge boost if their pitch to 5-star tackle Cyrus Kouandjio is successful—he's included USC in his final group and says they're recruiting him hardest. But even with his verbal, I don't think this class could possibly reach No. 1 overall.