Since Steve Sarkisian got hired, he and Pat Haden both mentioned the importance of mid-year recruiting. But USC long ago planned to to have offensive linemen Jordan Austin, Jordan Poland and Toa Lobendahn enroll in January.
So what’s the big deal with one remaining scholarship? Sarkisian wants to sign defensive tackle Claude Pelon of Mesa Community College in Arizona. But it seems the whole early recruiting issue was overblown. Lane Kiffin/Ed Orgeron took care of 75 percent of it.