The USC Trojans have a top-five recruiting class even though they are facing the harshest NCAA sanctions since the SMU death penalty in 1987.
No other college could do this, and it is a tribute to the football traditions, academic reputation, location and the excellent coaches who are doing the recruiting—especially recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron, Lane Kiffin, Kennedy Pola, Joe Barry, John Baxter and Monte Kiffin.
USC has 16 commits for the 2011 class and at least eight early enrollees.
There are rumors that CB Isaiah Wiley may have to change from an early enrollee to 2011 class because he has one community college course that USC may not give credit.
Since USC appealed half of the scholarship reductions, they will be delayed until after the appeal decision expected after National Signing Day.
Therefore, it is possible that USC could sign up to 25 athletes (plus early enrollees) for 2011.
This dead period is a crazy time with lots of wild rumors. It will soon be over and we will have the answers.
Here are some hot rumors about USC signing decisions for the Feb. 2 National Signing Day. All of the star ratings are from Rivals.