Running back Dillon Baxter's registration for the spring semester at USC allows us to count him in the class of 2010 without waiting for signing day, as is the case with wide receiver Kyle Prater, who enrolled earlier.
In Scout.com's Top 100, the Trojans lead the way with five players committed or in school among the first 33 in the nation – wide receiver Robert Woods of Gardena Serra (No. 3), Prater (No. 4), defensive tackle George Uko (No. 25), tight end Xavier Grimble (No. 31) and Baxter (No. 33). They all possess five-star rankings. And there still is a good chance offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson of St. Paul, Minn., Scout.com's No. 1 player, will join the USC class. It's highly likely that at least two more Top 100 players also will join the Trojans.
Florida leads the way with 11 players in the Top 100, Texas has seven and Oklahoma six. Alabama and Georgia each have five. UCLA is next with three, running backs Malcolm Jones (17) and Jordon James (63) and outside linebacker Anthony Barr (100), followed by Florida State, Auburn and Penn State with two each. Among those with one are Pacific-10 Conference schools Oregon, Stanford, Washington and Cal.
Incidentally, Scout.com recently issued its Top 300 for 2010 and No. 300 is quarterback Nick Montana of Oaks Christian, a University of Washington commitment and son of famed Notre Dame and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana.
Remember, don't be surprised if there are signing-day surprises – some good, some bad. Happens every year.