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36 hours until Signing Day -- what's left to decide?

January, 31, 2011
It's getting closer.

We're nearing 36 hours now until National Signing Day begins. In between now and then, we can expect a lot of rumors, a lot of hearsay, and a lot -- a lot of recruiting news, basically. Here are the Top 10 uncommitted recruits USC continues to recruit with an eye on what's likely to happen Wednesday, in no particular order:

1. Tight end/defensive end Troy Niklas (Anaheim, Calif./Servite)

Niklas will decide between USC and Notre Dame after he didn't get in to Stanford. He visited Notre Dame last weekend; USC earlier this month. The Irish are particularly interesting in Niklas' case because they are simply stocked at end in this recruiting class -- seven defensive ends are committed to ND at the moment, including three early enrollees and five-star Ishaq Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln).

He could play tight end, of course -- or offensive tackle, even, as some recruiting services have him projected. Tackle would be the biggest need-filler for the Trojans, so it'll be an interesting what he's listed at by the university if he indeed signs Wednesday.

Niklas is expected to announce his decision Wednesday but has not specified a time or location.

2. Athlete Marqise Lee (Gardena, Calif./Serra)

Lee, a likely safety at the next level, is picking between USC, Miami and Oregon and has provided little indications as to where he might be headed.

If it means anything, he's good friends with fellow Gardena Serra receiver George Farmer and could end up following Farmer to USC. Class of 2010 Serra product Robert Woods also came to USC and did fairly well for himself as a first-year freshman last season.

But Oregon has had a lot of momentum in recruiting over the last few weeks, and Lee is a player who that could very well affect.

3. Offensive guard Aundrey Walker (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville)

Walker's an interesting character, a product of a longtime Ohio State stronghold in Glenville who has been flirting with USC for some time now. He reportedly enjoyed his Jan. 14 visit a great deal and came back home raving about it. It coincided with his 18th birthday, and Walker made a trip out of it by exploring Los Angeles for the first time.

USC coaches are likely selling Walker on the possibilities of starting as a freshman at USC. He's a guard by trade, and the Trojans have little to no depth on the interior line.

Florida State and Michigan State are also options for the 6-foot-5, 355 pounds behemoth. The head coach at Glenville is Ted Ginn Sr., the father of former Buckeyes receiver Ted Ginn Jr. He's steered a number of big-time prospects to Ohio State in his post over the years.

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