USC Football Recruiting: Kelvin York, Jaydon Mickens Decommit

Rick McMahanSenior Writer IDecember 8, 2011

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Although the USC Trojans will be idle for the postseason bowls, this does not mean that Lane Kiffin, Ed Orgeron and the recruiting staff won't be busy.

When USC's season ended after its thumping of crosstown rival UCLA, Kiffin said the Trojans would immediately focus on recruiting, with particular attention being paid to both the offensive and defensive lines.

Almost immediately the Trojans landed one of the premier defensive linemen in the country when 2013 commit Kenny Bigelow gave his verbal commitment a week or so ago.

Now it looks like the Trojans are shaking up their recruiting targets for this year and it has begun with two former verbal commitments for this year changing their plans to play for USC.

Kelvin York, a bruising junior college fullback, and Jaydon Mickens, a 3-star athlete (as rated by, both announced within the last couple of days they have decommitted from the Trojans (per

According to the players, the reason why they are no longer interested in the Trojans is because the Trojans are no longer interested in them.

For York, who hurt a knee and had surgery this year, and Mickens, a nice player who will contribute to whatever program he winds up with, the writing was on the wall and they both knew they would be more appreciated elsewhere.

For the Trojans, it was simply a matter of numbers.

With only 15 scholarships available due to NCAA sanctions, USC needed to be more particular as to whom it offers these scholarships to.

And with a bevy of high school stars now interested in the Trojans after USC's 10-2 season, offering marginal players such as York and Mickens just wasn't prudent.

Recently, players such as defensive lineman Darius Hamilton and safety Shaquille Thompson, both 5-star players, have expressed interest in the Trojans and are expected to take visits out west.

They will be joined by several other players, who are all high-profile recruits now considering USC after the Trojans' 2011 top-10 campaign.

For Mickens and York, Trojan fans wish them well.

Just not against USC, of course.