The USC Trojans took another big hit today with the decommitment of 5-star safety Jalen Ramsey. And while this year’s recruiting process hasn’t all been smooth sailing, USC has a good chance of adding to its unsurprisingly strong class on national signing day.
The Trojans’ 2013 class is ranked No. 12 by 247Sports, aided by the commitments of four 5-star recruits. Despite only securing 12 total recruits thus far, each of those players is rated 4-star or higher.
With the final high school recruits prepared to announce their decision on Feb. 6, USC can add to its numbers and secure some quality pieces for next season. Among the players still on their radar are 5-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and 4-star linebacker Quinton Powell.
Vanderdoes decommited from USC in December, but he hasn’t ruled out playing for the Trojans in 2013. In fact, according to Sporting News writer Matt Hayes, USC is on his short list:
Vanderdoes is 247Sports’ top defensive tackle prospect. And at 6’2” and 310 pounds, it’s easy to understand why. He’s tough, physical and hard-working, and landing Vanderdoes would be a huge boost for the Trojans.
It’s been hard to get a read on which way Vanderdoes might be leaning, but an official visit to USC on Jan. 17 means the Trojans are almost certainly on his short list. We’ll find out for sure on Wednesday.
Powell’s interest is not recent news, but the fact that all signs are now pointing to USC is a very promising revelation.
Of USC’s 12 commits, half play on the defensive side of the ball. With Ramsey no longer considering the Trojans, landing another highly rated defensive player would serve to stop the bleeding and add to a recruiting class that isn’t particularly deep.
Powell is rated a 92 overall by 247Sports, but given his size (6’2” and 194 pounds), it will likely take him a little time to bulk up and see significant playing time very early in his career. He still has the potential to be a valuable special teams performer early on. With a little time in the weight room, Powell stands to be a very disruptive edge rusher at the next level.