It's tough to imagine one college football player changing the fortunes of his program and its closest rival over the course of more than a decade. But that might just be the case with Reggie Bush, whose on-field actions helped USC become the dominant recruiting force in Southern California between 2006 and 2012, and whose off-field actions largely led to the NCAA taking 30 scholarships away from USC for the 2012-2014 seasons and creating a hole in the Southern California recruiting scene large enough for UCLA to climb through.
about 208 days ago | Erik McKinney | NCF On The Trail
The dead period runs through Jan. 15, and some recruits have said they will use that to take a break from recruiting, but that doesn't mean it will shut down for everyone. Coaches are still able to contact recruits during the dead period -- just no in-person contact -- and a number of recruits will be making commitments during this time.
about 243 days ago | Erik McKinney | NCF On The Trail
The Pac-12 conference has seen a flurry of action recently, with coaching news and rumors keeping recruits on their toes. Following a week where Steve Sarkisian took over at USC and Chris Petersen moved from Boise State to Washington, this past weekend was tame by comparison.
about 253 days ago | Erik McKinney | NCF On The Trail
It took UCLA until the beginning of December to land its first defensive line commit in the 2014 class, but the Bruins got a special one on Sunday, as ESPN 300 defensive tackle Ainuu Taua (Lompoc, Calif.
about 254 days ago | Erik McKinney | NCF On The Trail
When USC enters the Coliseum Saturday to take on crosstown rival UCLA, it will do so with some of the area's top recruits looking intently from the stands, many of which hold scholarship offers from both schools.
about 263 days ago | Blair Angulo | NCF On The Trail
USC entered the picture for ESPN 300 athlete Jaleel Wadood (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) fairly late, given that the four-star prospect had to wait a while longer for a scholarship offer than other top locals.
about 267 days ago | Blair Angulo | On The Trail: West Region
The USC Trojans stole the Pac-12 spotlight on Saturday evening, wrestling away a 20-17 victory over the Stanford Cardinal. Lost somewhat in those national headlines and slightly buried by the fact it had to go up against recruits' own games on Friday night was a solid 41-31 victory by UCLA against Washington.
about 274 days ago | Erik McKinney | NCF On The Trail
It has been well documented over the past few years that programs have little choice when it comes to some aspects of the college football recruiting process. Whether it is extending offers to juniors, sophomores, freshmen and eighth-graders, or the first 100-piece bundle of mail that chokes a prospect's mailbox, coaches across the country have rushed to catch up and join the race.
about 301 days ago | Erik McKinney | NCF On The Trail
When ESPN 300 linebacker D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) said on Sunday that Arizona State had firmly become one of his top three schools following an official visit to Tempe, Monday's news -- when Calhoun announced his decommitment from USC -- didn't come as much of a surprise.
about 302 days ago | Erik McKinney | NCF On The Trail