The recent flurry of three-and-two star commitments is surprising especially when you look back at USC having the highest star ranking a year ago for its recruiting class. I’ve spoken to numerous people about this and here are some explanations given:
1.) Every prospect was in USC’s summer camp and has been evaluated this fall, which makes it less risky than going after out-of-state prospects.
2.) USC cannot afford to swallow scholarships like it did last year when Lane Kiffin kept five. It needs players.
3.) Whether a recruit is currently rated two-or-three stars, they might be better than players on current roster.
4.) A new coach will have a smaller recruiting window so the class needs to be built before he is hired.
5.) Some of these recruits have experienced good senior seasons and might be rated lower than they should be.
6.) USC needs as many bodies as possible.