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.
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.
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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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.
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Utah scooped up three-star defensive end Sam Tevi.
Three-star offensive tackle Chris Huhn chose Western Kentucky.