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Will USC continue their Florida pipeline? Will Kiffin and staff close strong? How have the current scholarship limitations impacted USC's recruiting? Look inside for the answers.

Will the Florida pipeline continue?

Out of state recruiting has played a major role in USC's return to glory, and the state of Florida in particular has been good to the Men of Troy.

Keith Rivers helped USC become an attractive destination for linebackers from across the country. Mike Williams teamed up with Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart to become one of the most dominant receivers in recent memory. And Nickell Robey has quickly developed into a difference maker at cornerback in Monte Kiffin's defensive scheme.

So who will be the next recruit to jump from the Sunshine State to the Golden State?

Nelson Agholor, a four-star athlete that has the ability to play on either side of the ball in college, is probably the best bet to keep the Florida pipeline going.

Agholor took his official visit to USC this past weekend, spending time with Robert Woods, and many feel that the Trojans are the team beat for his commitment.

If Agholor does indeed head West, it will give Matt Barkley another dynamic weapon in the passing game.

On the defensive side of the ball, four-star defensive end Leonard Williams from Daytona Beach (FL) Mainland High School is another legitimate option for USC.

Will USC close with a flurry?

For programs that recruit on a national level like USC, this time of year can be very exciting for fans, and at the same time extremely nerve-wracking because many of the elite prospects tend to wait right up until Signing Day to announce their decision - and 2012 will be no different.

USC is still in on several of the top players in the country including: Nelson Agholor, Leonard Williams, Andrus Peat, Kyle Murphy, Darreus Rogers and Kyle Dodson, so the combinations of how this class will play out are endless.

What isn't up for debate is the fact that the current staff has gained a reputation for being closers, and I refuse to make a bad Mariano Rivera reference here, but most fans will be satisfied when the fax machine starts buzzing in the morning.

Nelson Agholor and Devian Shelton will likely be among the commits, but so too is the chance for a surprise or two.

Is 15 better than 25?

The Trojans have fewer football scholarships to offer than every other Division-1 program in the nation. We know this.

But if you look a little deeper, your eyes will be pleasantly surprised.

USC currently has the fourth best class in the nation in terms of average ranked commits. Only the usual suspects-- Florida State, Texas, and Ohio State--are set to bring in higher rated players in 2012.

As the old adage goes: quality over quantity.

This team will be fine, because it is recruiting positions and players that fit into the system and because the coaching staff is doing everything it can within the boundary of those sanctions, like signing 5 mid-year enrollees. And this fanbase needn't worry about the future because there will always be top-tier playmakers arriving to Trojanland every year.

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