Recruiting roundup: USC, Auburn shine

Eddie Vanderdoes headlined a trio of USC commits and top linebacker Reuben Foster switched from Alabama to Auburn in another big week on the recruiting trail.

USC just keeps loading up.

The Trojans stole the show, along with Auburn, this week as three more major recruits gave their word to play in Southern California.


USC's 2013 commit class
Rating Pos. Player
DT Eddie Vanderdoes
S Su'a Cravens
RB Justin Davis
RB Ty Isaac
QB Max Browne
DT Kenny Bigelow
OT Nico Falah
LB Michael Hutchings
WR Sebastian LaRue
WR Steven Mitchell
WR Eldridge Massington
DE Kylie Fitts
CB Chris Hawkins
C Khaliel Rodgers

The headliner of the group is Eddie Vanderdoes, a five-star defensive tackle and the Scout's No. 9 overall recruit in the nation. Also a baseball standout, the big, strong Vanderdoes adds yet another top-level commitment to USC's ever-growing list.

"He has known it was going to be USC for about the last three to four weeks and was 100% on it the last two," Vanderdoes' father, Eddie Sr., told our Greg Biggins. Read more about Vanderdoes' commitment here.

Joining Vanderdoes this week were four-star offensive tackle Nico Falah and three-star center Khaliel Rodgers. Both are ranked No. 2 overall at their position in Scout's rankings.

The trio now gives USC arguably the most impressive commitment class to date. Their 14 commits include six five-stars and seven four-stars. Nine are ranked among the top six at their position nationally.

Michigan and Texas A&M lead the current Scout class rankings thanks to their bevy of four-star commits, but USC -- working with only 15 new scholarship spots for the season -- has 10 top 100 overall players to the Wolverines' five and the Aggies' two. No other team has more than six.

The Trojans' scholarship restriction -- the final penalty lingering from the Reggie Bush scandal -- may very well be helping to fuel this recruiting surge. Scout's director of scouting Scott Kennedy recently wrote about the increasing number of de-commitments across the country being a result of recruits feeling pressured to make a decision on a school early to sew up a coveted scholarship spot.

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With fewer scholarships to hand out, an offer from USC is all the more sacred.

Speaking of de-commitments, some big news thrust Auburn into the shared spotlight this week. Reuben Foster -- the nation's No. 1 middle linebacker prospect -- changed his commitment from Alabama to Auburn on Thursday, giving Gene Chizik's Tigers a major win in the constant cross-state recruiting battle.

Foster had been committed to Alabama for nearly a year, but he has visited Auburn several times and hinted at The Opening last weekend that something was afoot. He called a press conference Thursday at his high school -- Auburn High School, fittingly -- to announce the change.

Reuben Foster is your newest Auburn commit.

"I have a lot of respect for the Alabama coaches and all of the other people, and the fans," Foster said. "At the end of the day, I feel like Auburn University is the place for me and my family."

With still plenty of time before Signing Day, Will Foster keep looking elsewhere? Not if you ask him.

"I am 100 percent confident with my final decision," he said. "I feel great about my decision and I'm excited to get started." Read more about Foster's decision here and watch the video of his announcement here.

The Foster news gave Auburn two elite recruits this week. Four-star wide receiver Jason Smith -- from Mobile, Ala. -- gave his verbal on Monday.

Auburn now has the No. 10 recruiting class in Scout's rankings.

Around the country

Major commits from July 7 through 2:00 p.m. ET July 14)

Three-star guard Cameron Hunt and three-star wide receiver A.J. Richardson picked Cal.

Central Florida got a verbal from three-star wide receiver Richard Benjamin.

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Ryan Jenkins, a three-star wide receiver out of Georgia, tabbed Clemson.

Heck of a score for Eastern Michigan on Sunday, as they picked up four-star quarterback Brogan Roback.

Florida State scooped up a new offensive weapon in four-star wide receiver Isaiah Jones.

A pair of nice Friday pickups for Georgia -- four-star linebacker Tim Kimbrough and three-star safety Quincy Mauger.

Three-star tight end Danny Friend became the third member of Indiana's class.

Iowa picked up three-star tight end Jon Wisnieski, a local kid.

Three-star running back Khalid Thomas chose Kentucky.

Massachusetts scooped up three-star defensive end Shane Huber.

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Dallas-area star Devante Kincade -- a four-star quarterback -- gave Ole Miss its passer of the future.

Nebraska landed three-star quarterback Johnny Stanton.

North Carolina adds another to a fine class, picking up three-star running back T.J. Logan.

Northern Illinois picked up a nice one in three-star wide receiver Corey Winfield.

No. 4 overall linebacker Alex Anzalone, a four-star talent, says he's headed to Notre Dame.

The next Justin Blackmon? Four-star wide receiver Ra'Shaad Samples committed to Oklahoma State. So too is three-star cornerback Darius Curry.

A pair of three-star wide receivers -- Victor Bolden and Jordan Villamin -- are off to Oregon State.

San Diego State nabbed three-star safety Marcus Stamps.

Syracuse gets three-star running back Augustus Edwards.

TCU landed three-star offensive tackle Eason Fromayan.

Texas Tech landed three-star guard Maurice Porter.

Jim Mora continues to have a fine run at UCLA. The latest score is four-star offensive tackle Christian Morris.

Utah scooped up three-star defensive end Sam Tevi.

Kyle Shortridge, a three-star defensive tackle, has tabbed Wake Forest.

Three-star offensive tackle Chris Huhn chose Western Kentucky.

Three-star running back Zaire Williams declared for West Virginia, as did three-star linebacker Isaac McDonald.

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