USC Recruiters Enter the Dead Period in Shock

Paul PeszkoSenior Writer IJanuary 30, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 18:  Head coach Lane Kiffin of the USC Trojans watches from the sidelines during the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 18, 2010 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Just as the dead period door was closing on Lane Kiffin and his staff, they heard a huge Kaboom!  Before they could even say "Fight On!" their hopes at bolstering the linebacking corps may have just blown up in their faces.

After Jalen Grimble apparently de-committed last week, lured by former USC recruiting coordinator BrennanCarroll (son of Pete Carroll) and former USC unproductive tight end Blake Ayles at Miami, the Trojans have apparently lost another top linebacking commitKent Turene.

And there is nothing the staff can do about it since the dead period door is nailed shut.

Grimble, a 4-star recruit, visited Miami last weekend instead of USC, and this weekend he was supposed to have visited UCLA.

Turene, a 3-star linebacker and an early USC commit, apparently felt the urge to de-commit a few hours ago.

No big surprise, some say.  Maybe not, but is that how the coaches are looking at it?

Did both Turene and Grimble feel the urge because they have brighter prospects on the horizon?  Or did their futures at USC seem clouded by the NCAA sanctions?  And then again, could it be that they have learned that Kiffin and his staff have a secret surprise commit at linebacker?

Tune in for more as the Revolving Recruiting Door Turns…