Recruiting Status: Linebacker

All week leading up to National Signing Day we are going to take a look at the recruiting status of various positions for USC in the Class of 2012. Today we'll look at the linebackers.

All week leading up to National Signing Day we are going to take a look at the recruiting status of various positions for USC in the Class of 2012. Today we'll look at the linebackers.

A lot of positions for the Trojans' upcoming recruiting class have been confusing. The 2012 linebackers, however, haven't.

Scott Starr, Scout's third-best middle linebacker in this class, is currently enrolled and taking classes at USC while good friend Jabari Ruffin, the 13th best outside linebacker, is a strong Trojan commit. With those two players and an already loaded class at linebacker, it's a fairly easy position to discuss.

USC showed heavy interest in Stanford commit Noor Davis, who took a visit to Trojanland in November, but Davis remains strong to the Cardinal.

What we know of Starr thus far is he's a hard worker, wants to get on the field, loves football and absolutely adores USC. He's quickly become a fan favorite and players have voiced that they are already impressed with Starr. Starr is slated at strongside but will likely get repetitions at both sam and middle linebacker, with the two-deep behind Lamar Dawson still somewhat up for question.

Ruffin, another four-star recruit and U.S. Army All-American, attended every USC home game in the 2011 season. USC linebackers coach Joe Barry told Ruffin he would likely see the field at weakside linebacker.

Both Ruffin and Starr are right around that 6-3, 230-pound frame, bigger than the current outside linebackers of Hayes Pullard and Dion Bailey. Barry has told Ruffin he might develop into that elephant position, made famous by Clay Matthews III, that comes off the edge, like a hybrid defensive end/linebacker.

It will be interesting to see the development of these two players, especially Starr as he gets both mental and physical repetitions with USC this spring.

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