It's crunch time for USC Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian and his coaching staff heading into Wednesday's National Signing Day, with plenty of loose ends to be tied up over the next five days for what is already an impressive 2015 recruiting class.
Who are the Trojans focusing on in the waning hours? Find out in our USC Football Recruiting: Rumors Roundup For Friday 1/30.
USC gets even stronger in pursuit of Green, Houston
Both five-star defensive tackle Rasheem Green and four-star linebacker John Houston (Gardena [CA] Serra) have informed the Miami Hurricanes that their out of the mix for the coveted duo, and that likely means great things for the Trojans.
Both Green and Houston are said to be major leans to USC (in the mid 90% range, according to 247Sports), and the elimination of another contender only seems to further that notion.
Green is ranked as the #5 defensive tackle in the nation and the #6 recruit in all of California for the Class of 2015, while Houston ranks as the nation's #6 inside linebacker and the #7 recruit out of the Golden State.
Trojans visit DL commit Noah Jefferson
Sources cited by 247Sports' Scott Schrader indicate that USC paid an in-home visit to 4-star Las Vegas (NV) Desert Oasis defensive end Noah Jefferson on Thursday, checking in with the talented (and underrated) prospect)
The 6-foot-5, 271-pounder committed to the program back on August 26th, 2014, and USC marks the only official visit he's taken since that pledge (January 16th).
Kevin Scott's mom could be his biggest USC recruiter
Three-star Los Angeles (CA) Bishop Mora Salesian defensive tackle Kevin Scott is currently mulling over offers from Miami and Ole Miss (with an official visit to the Rebels this weekend), but he's likely a heavy USC lean after a great visit to the campus this week.
The key factor for Scott on the visit? The fact that his mom was able to visit the campus with him.
"That was big," Scott said. "It's close to home and that helps."
He was also impressed by the school's academic program in his field of choice.
"I want to major in Communications," Scott said. "USC has the No. 1 Communications program in the country. My mom was happy and impressed with that."
A Thursday morning breakfast with Steve Sarkisian only added to the allure of the program for Scott.
"He said if I come I can play early," Scott said. "He said they will develop me into a great player. I can be my own person and I won't be anything but great."
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