Arik and Armond Armstead Visit Auburn, Plus More USC Recruiting News

With just three weekends left including this one, the Trojans are working hard to close the recruiting season with a bang. Despite having signed four early enrollees who counted towards the Class of 2011, the Trojans roster sits at 67, which would hit exactly the NCAA sanctioned limit of 75 should the Trojans close the deal on all of their commits.

USC defensive lineman Armond Armstead and his highly touted prospect of a brother, Arik, are both visiting Auburn this weekend. According to sources including’s Dan Greenspan, the brothers ideally would like to play with each other in college and Armond’s transfer would open up another spot on the roster for the Trojans. After the Armsteads felt as though USC mishandled the medical situation of Armond in 2011, USC’s chances of fielding the brothers fell by the wayside. In the last several weeks, Arik has been linked more and more to Cal, but according to league rules and the reporting of Greenspan, Armond Armstead would have to sit out a year if the brothers landed in Berkeley. The same wouldn’t be the case in Auburn however, as Armond would be eligible for a medical waiver that would allow him to play in 2012. According to, Arik Armstead is the No. 4 recruit in the nation, with a perfect score of 100.

More recruiting news and notes after the jump.

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  • The Trojans are hosting a bevy of talent this weekend, including four SC commits: Jordan Simmons, Max Tuerk, Jabari Ruffin and Darreus Rogers.
  • Darreus Rogers is being handled on campus by Robert Woods and Marquis Lee according to Rogers’ Twitter, and the two Serra wideouts have much in common with the 4-star receiver out of Carson, as all three players hail from the South Bay with a strong local 7-on-7 scene.
  • Running back/athlete D.J. Foster is visiting USC this weekend, and has suddenly become a huge target for the Trojans, who only have three scholarship players at running back after George Farmer has moved back to receiver, and one (Curtis McNeal) is a senior. Foster has been linked to Cal pretty heavily, but his recruitment remains fluid.
  • In addition to Foster, USC his hosting lineman Andrus Peat and corner Tracy Howard. Both are uncommitted and for now seem like longshots. Peat, a 4-star out of Tempe, is strongly considering Nebraska and Stanford, in addition to Florida State and USC who remain in the conversation. This is Peat’s third visit to the USC campus, as he made two unofficial visits in 2011. Tracy Howard, out of Hollywood, Florida, appears to be staying close to home, either suiting up for the Gators, LSU Tigers or Florida State Seminoles. Howard visited Florida State in November and has upcoming visits to Baton Rauge and Gainesville the next two weekends. This will be his first and only visit to USC.
  • Lastly, the Trojans host Kyle Dodson, a 4-star offensive tackle out of Cleveland who committed to Wisconsin last June. Despite his soft verbal, Dodson has visited Ohio State, Auburn and now USC, allow many to believe he’s reopened his recruitment. This is Dodson’s fourth and final official visit, and would be a huge in-state loss for Ohio State’s Urban Meyer should he remain committed to playing in Madison, or opting for USC or Auburn.

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Tags: Andrus Peat Arik Armstead Armond Armstead D.J. Foster Darreus Rogers Jabari Ruffin Jordan Simmons Kyle Dodson Max Tuerk Tracy Howard

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