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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
No Peat, No Murphy, No Miles, but Rogers?

By Pedro Moura

The latter half of USC's Signing Day took a turn for the worse in the 10 o'clock hour when four-star offensive tackle Andrus Peat (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol) chose Stanford over the Trojans in a live announcement on ESPNU.

And it hasn't turned up since. Four-star quarterback Cyler Miles (Denver, Colo./Mullen) picked Washington over USC in a decision that clearly went down to the wire, and four-star offensive tackle Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) also picked Stanford, giving the Cardinal one of the best recruiting classes of offensive linemen in recent memory.

Where does this leave USC? In an interesting position, to be sure.

It's clear the Trojans did not count on losing out on Miles, Peat, Murphy and fellow offensive tackle Kyle Dodson (Cleveland, Oh./Cleveland Heights). Now, they have four open scholarship slots under their 15-man maximum and only one player expected to fill one in receiver Darreus Rogers (Carson, Calif./Carson).

If Rogers does end up signing with the Trojans, that still leaves three more empty spots, which gives USC some freedom in the coming weeks. It could do one of two things or a combination of the two: (1) Save the slots and be a lot closer to the 75-man overall scholarship limit come the fall, then add on a few more early enrollees in January 2013, or (2) Offer them to recruits who have yet to pick a school and hope to seize on some last-second decisions.

As of right now, with 11 players signed and the current roster as projected, USC has exactly 75 players on scholarship. Rogers would push that one over the limit, but that's easily fixable.