USC now No. 1 in recruiting

July, 18, 2012
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USC is No. 1. In recruiting.

Take that NCAA.

It might not last because, due to NCAA scholarship limitations, the Trojans can only sign 18 players -- with three required to enroll early and count against the 2012 class -- but there is no question that Lane Kiffin and company are rolling this summer.

The latest top prospect to finger the Trojans is four-star safety Max Redfield of Mission Viejo (Calif.). He is the program's 16th commitment -- sixth this month. 12 are in the ESPN 150 and 15 are in the ESPN 300.

And this commitment pushed the Trojans past Michigan into the ESPN Recruiting rankings No. 1 spot.

Redfield is the nation's No. 37 player overall. He's been offered a scholarship by just about everybody, including Oklahoma, LSU and Notre Dame.

He figures to pair with Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murieta), the nation's No. 1 safety. They just happen to be good buds.
"It was huge," Redfield said. "I've been talking to Su'a for a few months now, and he's been on me. He's actually going to be my roommate when we go to USC."

From ESPN.com's Billy Tucker:
In Redfield, USC is getting one of the best overall athlete's in the country with the speed, length and ball skills that we feel could be developed into a productive Pac-12 receiving threat if the Trojan's decided to play him on offense. However his range, closing speed and instinctive play at safety will likely land him with Monte Kiffin and the defense.

USC remains in contention for a handful of other highly rated prospects. And there are just two slots remaining.

Of course, Kiffin's next challenge is making sure these committed players don't get wandering eyeballs. An oral commitment means nothing in recruiting and national signing day -- Feb. 6, 2013 -- is months away.

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