Recruiting roundup: USC making noise

USC and Alabama scored big commits in an eventful week in recruiting. We take a look back at some of the most notable news of the week from the commitment trail.

So much for USC's down years.

Two five-star running backs committed to the Trojans this week, bringing their total of top-level 2013 recruits to four as one of the nation's premier college football programs continues to build for a bright future under head coach Lane Kiffin.

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Ty Isaac from Joliet, Ill., committed on Tuesday, followed by Justin Davis of Stockton, Calif., on Thursday. Quarterback Max Browne and defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow committed earlier.

It's USC's highest total of five-star commits since the years before the NCAA handed out punishment in the wake of the Reggie Bush scandal, and the recruiting season is far from over.

The Trojans are bouncing back strong from the sanctions dished out in June 2010 that included a two-year bowl ban and a loss of 30 scholarships over three years. But with the bowl ban in the books and the scholarship issue soon to clear up, USC appears to be getting as healthy as ever.


Click on the photos to learn more about USC's top-level commits.

Justin Davis

Ty Isaac

Max Browne

Kenny Bigelow

"There's nothing you can do about the sanctions," Browne told Sporting News this week. "When I committed to USC, I thought they had a good plan to get over the scholarship reductions. We won't have to deal with the bowl ban (by 2013), and we just try to look at it like the 15 (signees) we get is better than the 25 others teams get."

Kiffin took the USC job in January 2010, shortly after Pete Carroll's departure, while the school was in the midst of the Bush controversy. Six months later, the sanctions came down.

But the bleak forecasts never deterred Kiffin, long known for his recruiting acumen, and just two years later he has returned the school to one of the most formidable recruiting forces.

Browne is's No. 1 quarterback in the class. Check out our analysis of his potential impact on USC.

Isaac is a tall, speedy back who also is No. 1 at his position in's rankings. See our take on what he brings to the Trojans.

Davis, the No. 3 running back in the class, offers the total package as an every down back and chose USC over Pac-12 rivals Cal and Washington.

USC is by no means done making headlines for 2013. Many of the uncommitted prospects in's top 100 not surprisingly list the Trojans as a school of interest.

Oh and by the way ... many are dubbing USC the preseason BCS title favorite, even before this super 2013 recruiting class gets to campus.


It was a good week for Alabama too, which picked up a commitment from four-star QB Cooper Bateman on Wednesday. The defending BCS champions now have six committed four-star players to go along with five-star standout Reuben Foster.

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Speaking of four-star quarterbacks, Kevin Olsen picked Miami on Friday, adding to the Canes' strong haul so far.

And another ... four-star quarterback Cody Thomas is off to Oklahoma.

Georgia Tech picked up two good ones, landing four-star offensive lineman Shamire DeVine on Wednesday and three-star running back Donovan Wilson on Tuesday.

Three-star quarterback Corwin Cutler joins a nice recruiting class at Virginia.

Chavas Rawlins, a three-star quarterback, went with West Virginia.

Florida landed three-star safety Marqui Hawkins on Monday, the Gators' 16th commit of the 2013 class so far.

Three-star running back Mark Dodson is going to Mississippi.

Greg Hart, a three-star tight end, chose Nebraska on Wednesday.

Syracuse picked up its first two commits this week -- three-star tight end Tyler Provo and unranked JUCO defensive tackle Wayne Williams.

JUCO wide receiver Quantavious Leslie chose LSU, the Tigers' first commit since March.

Three-star offensive tackle Ja'Braylin Thomas is heading to Houston.

Two-star safety Gerald Perry will play for Vanderbilt.

Unranked quarterback Nic Shimonek picked Iowa earlier this week.

Another unranked player, running back Justin Goodwin, chose Rutgers.

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