National Signing Day 2011: USC Trojans Recruiting Revolving Door Spins Wildly

Paul PeszkoSenior Writer IJanuary 27, 2011

"Cyrus Hobbi, Operator.  Lane Kiffin calling."
"Cyrus Hobbi, Operator. Lane Kiffin calling."Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Round and round she goes.  Where she stops not even Lane Kiffin knows.  They are moving in and out faster than you can say, “Fight On.”

The revolving door at Heritage Hall will need a new set of hinges come National Signing Day next week.

New commits, de-commits, transfers, it is more hectic than fraternity row during rush week.

Transferring last week was Blake Ayles, the highly-touted tight end who spent more time on the training table than on the football field.  Good luck at Miami, Blake.  Oh, and don’t let that door hit you as you go.

Next up!  Brice Butler announced that he is on his way out.  A good wide receiver but not good enough to land a high roster spot at that position.  He is still an underclassman and will have to sit out a year somewhere unless he goes to a Division II school.

On the de-commit side, or should I say the de-listed side, is Troy Niklas.  No, not from USC but from Stanford.  He didn’t make the grade academically.  However, that is good news for USC and Notre Dame as they are the top two on his list.

From the soap opera that is offensive guard Cyrus Hobbi, some poster on the Wild West and USC boards have him committing to Arizona State.  Ironically, other posters on the Wild West and USC boards have him committing to USC. 

UCLA is also in the hunt for Hobbi, but they are more than likely a distant third.

What do you think?  Will Hobbi stay at home or will he venture across the state line?  Tune in tomorrow, folks, as Hobbi’s announcement will be streamed over the internet Friday at 1 p.m. PT.

One unconfirmed rumor that has some USC posters believing that Hobbi will become a Trojan surrounds Marcus Martin, another offensive lineman.  Over the weekend there was a rumor that Martin was de-committing from USC.  But in a statement, Marcus reaffirmed his strong verbal to USC.

Now the rumor is that he will indeed de-commit because the Trojans have a silent offensive line commit and no longer have room for Martin.  That commit is rumored to be Hobbi.

Of course, no one even knows if USC plans to take 20 players in the 2011 class—the number they are hoping to have if their NCAA appeal is successful—or stock up this year with 25 players and postpone the scholarship reduction—whether five or 10 per year—to 2012-2014.

In any case, the rumor mill is churning and that revolving door keeps spinning.  So, go figure.

UPDATE: Word has it that Marquis Lee just scratched Oregon from his list.  That leaves USC and Cal.

CYRUS HOBBI UPDATE: He's a Trojan!  Hobbi is the first huge OOS O-lineman in the 2011 class.