There are 16 players currently committed to USC, leaving a just one spot open for Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron to work with for the Class of 2013, with just under two months to February’s Signing Day.
The mostly likely suitors for the last spot would appear to be safeties Leon McQuay III, Tahaan Goodman or the aforementioned Redfield, along with committed Texas lineman A’Shawn Robinson. Both Redfield and Robinson were part of the big visit over the weekend, and according to sources close to the two players, USC is positioning themselves nicely with both, while Robinson is now heavily weighing his options.
Robinson has been committed to Texas since February and despite insisting that he is solid on the Longhorns, his ties to the Trojans are getting stronger. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound behemoth grew up as a USC fan, plus he has a relationship with multiple USC commits since meeting at The Opening back in July.
Furthermore, his versatility makes him very appealing to Kiffin’s staff due to the small allotment of scholarships. Per Rivals, Robinson is the No. 3 ranked defensive tackle, while 247Sports has him pegged as the No. 3 ranked offensive tackle. While USC is stacked on the defensive line with five commits in 2013 and several young players like freshmen Leonard Williams and Antwaun Woods, Robinson might have a better fit on the offensive side of the ball. But either way, that option as a two-way player enhances value and solidifies interest from the Trojans.
For Redfield, the favorite is still Notre Dame and has been since his October visit to South Bend, which prompted his decommitment from USC in early November. This weekend however, the Trojans covered a lot of ground on Redfield, according to Su’a Cravens, via Rivals($).
Cravens and Redfield have had a relationship for a while. If he can further that connection on Redfield, while the Trojans’ contingent from The Opening gains on Robinson, the Trojans can close the Class of 2013 successfully, but there’s still a long, long way to go.