With no bowl game to draw away the USC recruiting brain trust's attention, the Trojans coaching staff has been hitting the pavement hard, searching for talent far and wide.
With only a limited amount of scholarships to offer this year, recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron, Lane Kiffin and company have their work cut out for them in their desire to bring a strong 2012 class into the Trojan fold this year.
But this hasn't stopped them from making a bevy of new offers to prospects for this year's class and also the next.
In fact, USC has extended a ton of them recently. While some are "no brainers," others are a bit perplexing.
Nonetheless, far be it from me to question Coach "O," so without further delay let's see who are the latest to garner an offer from the cardinal and gold (Note: All "star" ratings provided by Scout.com):
David Perkins, who has variously been described as an "athlete," "wide receiver" or "linebacker," has the kind of versatility the Trojans (given their scholarship reductions) would love to have.
At 6'2", 210 lbs. and with 4.43 40 speed, Perkins has the raw ability to play a number of positions for the Trojans.
Two things are working against USC however. They got into the recruiting process late for Perkins and also, the 4-star prospect hails from South Bend, Indiana, home of Notre Dame.
Perkins holds offers from more than a dozen programs, including the Fighting Irish.
The Trojans are going the JC route with Denico Autry, a 6'5", 250 lb. defensive end from East Mississippi Junior College.
Rated a 4-star prospect , Autry is a raw talent whose prowess lies in sacking the quarterback.
Autry will need some work at the next level, but if he is a quick learner, he has the talent to be a force at the next level.
Tennessee and Mississippi State lead for Autry's services, but the Trojans are still in the running although they are a long shot.
This is one of those offers that makes you scratch your head.
Ian Taubler, a 6'5", 250-pound tight end, committed to UCLA earlier this year, but with the coaching change in Westwood, he decided to take visits and one of them will be to USC in late January.
Taubler has a lot of talent to go along with that size, but USC appears well-stocked in that position, including a 2012 verbal commitment from 4-star Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick.
At this point, the 3-star prospect still is committed to the Bruins and USC is listed as "low" interest-wise by Scout.com.
Another puzzling offer comes in the form of big Ekpen Iduoze, a 3-star defensive tackle from Harrisburg, PA.
Iduoze, 6'3" and 300 lbs., has the size that defensive line coach Ed Orgeron loves, but the kid is very raw.
So far, Iduoze only holds a few offers besides the one from the Trojans, with Colorado being the highest-profile school.
Leaving no stone unturned, the Trojans are reaching deep for this 2-star (as rated by Scout.com) defensive lineman.
Leota, who played ball this year at Mt. San Antonio Junior College in California, is 6'5", 260 lbs. and has good measurables.
Still, he is unpolished and will need to be coached up at the next level.
Although Leota lists all of his potential suitors as "medium" on his interest list, it is expected that he will eventually wind up at Utah.
Okay, that is it for this cycle of offers.
Not included in this piece were offers made to 2013 prospects, which will follow after the signing period in all likelihood.
In the meantime, USC is expected to continue its pursuit of 2012 recruits and with Orgeron and Kiffin leading the way, there is sure to be news on the horizon.
And with the Trojans' recruiting department leading the way, fans of the program can expect most of it to be good.
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