So with its allotment of early enrollees and junior college transfers nearly filled, Kiffin and USC will have to wait until February for that special present gift under the tree – or in this case, coming through the fax machine.
In the spirit of the holidays, here are five recruits that could make the season bright by signing with the Trojans:
OT Cyrus Kouandjio – Hyattsville MD
Last year, Kiffin signed the nation's top offensive tackle only for Seantrel Henderson never to play a down at USC.
The Trojans would love to repeat the former by landing Kouandjio, especially with the gaping hole now at tackle. It's rare to expect a true freshman to contribute, but the massive tackle has the intelligence and desire to make an impact from the start, potentially as a day one starter.
Like former Friars-turned-Trojans Chris Galippo and Matt Kalil, you know Niklas will give his all regardless of circumstances. With impending scholarship reductions set to decimate USC's numbers, a multiple-position talent with tireless work ethic is just what Kiffin needs to be successful.
DT Villami Moala – Sacramento Grant
Moala would offer a one-two punch, addressing a position of need and giving the Trojans a link to Grant and its wealth of Northern California talent. Of course, it wouldn't hurt to keep Fili Moala's cousin away from other Pac-12 suitors like Cal.
LB Colt Lyerla – Hillsboro OR
It's rare when the Beaver State produces a top-10 recruit, so that USC is in the mix with home state programs Oregon and Oregon State at this late date bodes well. The Trojans definitely need bodies at linebacker and Lyerla could join Tre Madden as an instant impact arrival next season.
Given the success USC has had with out-of-state linebackers like Keith Rivers and Brian Cushing, it's not hard to imagine Lyerla being a major contributor should he sign with the Trojans. Lamar Dawson of Kentucky is also in play to be that next cross-country addition.
OL Cyrus Hobbi – Scottsdale AZ
Have I mentioned the Trojans need offensive linemen? By landing Hobbi, USC would add not only much needed depth but also versatility with someone capable of playing guard or possibly even tackle. If Michael Reardon decides to pass on his final season of eligibility, it's not out of the question to think Hobbi could be in the mix for playing time in 2011.
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