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    We knew the USC class would be the most interesting and exciting to follow down the stretch because so many of the commitments were taking visits, and Lane Kiffin is inadvertently helping that happen. Kiffin waited quite a long time to hire a defensive coordinator to replace his dad and then his new guy, Clancy Pendergast, decides he wants to coach defensive backs on his own, so Kiffin fires defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders two weeks before Signing Day.

    That's a big problem because five-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey liked Sanders and Sanders was working with super recruiter Tee Martin on players such as Matthew Thomas and Quinton Powell. Luckily for USC, defensive backs Su'a Cravens, Chris Hawkins and Leon McQuay III are already enrolled. While it's doubtful Cravens would have ever flipped, Hawkins did flirt with other schools and who knows how it would have affected McQuay had he still been available.

    With the de-commitment of Jason Hatcher this week, USC has lost six commitments from a class that was once No. 1 in the nation and is now No. 7 and potentially sliding. In addition to Hatcher, USC has parted ways with Sebastian Larue, Eddie Vanderdoes, Max Redfield, Eldridge Massington and Kylie Fitts. Massington and Larue might have been USC decisions and we all know the Fitts situation by now, but losing Hatcher, Redfield and Vanderdoes really hurt.

    USC could lure Fitts back into the fold, although I think that's a long shot, and the Trojans could still end up with Vanderdoes. USC is also still involved with some players such as Thomas, Powell and Tyrell Robinson and Tyree Robinson. However, it could be more important for the class to keep Ramsey, Torrodney Prevot and Ty Isaac.

    Predicting how it will play out is impossible, but I think two things are very clear: First, USC will still finish with a very quality recruiting class with an average star ranking that will make every other Pac-12 team jealous. But second, the last month has shined a light on Kiffin when it comes to his current team as well as his recruiting ability. USC fans have to be a little worried moving forward about the stability of the program under their head coach. A whole lot has gone wrong for USC since the Trojans were many pundits' pre-season No. 1 in August.

    Honestly........I love it.

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    I get asked every day about the following guys multiple times -- DE Carl Lawson, RB Derrick Green, DB Jalen Ramsey, LB Reuben Foster, OT Laremy Tunsil, LB Matthew Thomas, DT Eddie Vanderdoes, DT Montravius Adams, DB Vonn Bell and DT A'Shawn Robinson, all five stars. Some guys are a little easier to read than others. But it seems right now Green is favoring Michigan, Tunsil is a clear lean toward Georgia, Adams is leaning toward Clemson and Robinson is likely to stick with Texas. However, with others, it's all about gut feeling, so as of right now here are my best guesses: Lawson to Tennessee, Ramsey to Florida, Foster to Auburn, Thomas to Miami, Vanderdoes to UCLA and Bell to Alabama. Let the yelling begin and keep in mind, some of these guys have official visits left so anything can change.

    One player I don't get asked about is the nation's No. 1, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, and there's a good reason. He's a done deal to Ole Miss, barring something crazy. Even the schools recruiting against the Rebels feel he's headed there, although they won't give up. Not a lot of drama here it appears unless he shocks the world.

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    With the No. 2 recruiting class in the country, Notre Dame is looking to fill its last few spots in the Class of 2013.

    Playing host to four players this weekend -- with two spots to take -- the Irish will look to make a push on closing the door on this class.

    The Irish will be hosting five-star defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes from Placer (Calif.) High, four-star defensive end Kylie Fitts of Redlands (Calif.) East Valley, UCLA commit Deon Hollins Jr. from Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall and three-star tight end Durham Smythe of Belton (Texas) High.

    Jake Brown covers recruiting for IrishIllustrated.com and said that he thinks one player could be close to committing.

    "Of the four guys coming in, I think Smythe would be the one to pop this weekend," Brown said. "He grew up a Notre Dame fan and I think has moved far enough up their board that if he wants to commit they would take him."

    The No. 15 player at his position, Smythe still has a visit to Michigan scheduled for next weekend and was just at Stanford last week.

    Of the remaining players, Brown believes that the Irish staff will be making the strongest push for the highest-rated player: Vanderdoes.

    "I don't think he will commit this weekend no matter what," Brown said. "The best case is that the staff really impresses him and sends him back home thinking that this is the best place for him.

    "Vanderdoes is the one they really want and after that the philosophy is to take the best player on the board. There are probably two spots left, maybe three depending on the players and if they want to fill the class, this is the best weekend to do it."

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    Where will Ngakoue and Bower end up?

    The recruitments of Yannick Ngakoue and Tashawn Bower have been like a roller-coaster ride. Ngakoue was once committed to Maryland but opted to de-commit and explore his options. He took official visits to South Carolina and Florida State, but it looks like he will decide between the Terps and Gamecocks. He has close friends at both schools, so it will be interesting to see which one he chooses.

    Bower was an early commit to Auburn, but then Gene Chizik and staff were fired and Bower opened his recruitment while remaining committed. He took official visits to Florida, Florida State and LSU before making one last unofficial visit to Auburn last weekend. The school he chooses hinges on his last visit to Auburn.
    Will Levenberry, Boyd or Poggi flip?

    An early commit to Florida State, E.J. Levenberry Jr. has become disenchanted with the Seminoles because of some of their coaching changes. He took an official visit to Tennessee last weekend, and there is a good chance he will flip.

    Tyler Boyd committed to Pittsburgh at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl but has since taken official visits to West Virginia and Tennessee. It has been reported that Boyd is conflicted, but his mother will not approve of her son choosing the Mountaineers. The possibility of a flip to Tennessee is real because of the relationship Boyd built with Butch Jones while he was at Cincinnati.

    It has been well documented that Michigan has a strict no-visit policy for committed players. That makes it even stranger that Henry Poggi would visit Alabama. Since his trip to Tuscaloosa, the Poggi camp has gone silent, which is never a good sign.
    Will Nkemdiche come through?

    After a weekend trip to LSU, it's down to the wire for the nation's No. 1 recruit, Robert Nkemdiche. Ole Miss has long been the favorite to land the talented defensive end, with several other top talents already committing to the Rebels, presumably for the chance to play alongside Nkemdiche. But do the Tigers have a chance to make a last-minute steal? LSU has a history of producing big-time defensive linemen, and word out of Baton Rouge is that Nkemdiche enjoyed his trip. Now the folks in Oxford will be sweating the final hours before Nkemdiche announces his decision early on signing day. If for some reason he were to flip to LSU, the reverberations would be felt throughout the day.
    Can Tennessee close on Bell?

    Tennessee has a done a nice job of entering the conversation for several big names over the last few weeks, but after missing out on Carl Lawson will the Vols be able to close on fellow five-star Vonn Bell? After Alabama looked like the school to beat, it's down to Tennessee and Ohio State, with Bell keeping his decision under wraps until signing day. If he were to stay close to home and choose Tennessee, it would be a great selling point to the class of 2014 and an excellent way for the new staff to close out its first cycle. If the Buckeyes land Bell, it could be a preview of things to come with Urban Meyer & Co. making the Southeast a priority for the 2014 class.
    Who else will Auburn land?

    Auburn got great news over the weekend when five-star defensive end Lawson reaffirmed his commitment to the Tigers. Now the question is how many other big names can the school land? Lawson's teammate, three-star running back Peyton Barber, has flipped from Ole Miss, and four-star running back Tarean Folston is still in play. Add to that list four-star Ole Miss commit Elijah Daniel, four-star athlete Cornelius Elder and four-star defensive back Mackensie Alexander, and the Tigers could end up with a top 10 class. Nabbing all of the above names will be tough, but Auburn figures to be in much better position than we thought a month ago.
    Rebel yell

    Ole Miss already produced a recruiting first when the program landed Laquon Treadwell, ensuring it will finish with a five-star prospect in consecutive classes. The nation's No. 1 prospect, Nkemdiche, is a heavy lean to the Rebels and will announce his decision on signing day. If Nkemdiche selects the Rebs, it will be another recruiting milestone, marking the first time they will have signed two five-stars in a class since the inception of the Rivals.com rankings. Why stop at two? Lake City (Fla.) Columbia offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is down to Ole Miss, Georgia, and Alabama. At one point the 'Dawgs were the favorite, but after Tunsil's official visit to Oxford he has decided to take a closer look at the Rebels. Ole Miss is still in the mix with four-stars Antonio Conner and Austin Golson, as well.
    Buckeyes, Irish and Wolverines dominate

    Of the top 45 ranked prospects in the Midwest's 2013 class, 23 have made commitments to Michigan, Notre Dame or Ohio State. The rest of the Big Ten combined will sign just 11 of the top 45 recruits in the Midwest, barring any last-minute changes of heart. Not surprisingly, having success in their own backyards has allowed each of those schools to compile a class that ranked among the top six nationally in the Rivals.com team standings entering the final week of the process.
    Decidedly undecided

    It has been a wild year in the Southwest, and there are still plenty of players looking at their options. Robinson is the guy at the top of the list. The five-star appears to be headed to Alabama, but Texas is not going away quietly.

    Then there is Altee Tenpenny. The North Little Rock (Ark.) Rivals100 running back has been clear about his commitment to Alabama, but he has also been clear about keeping Arkansas in the mix. Rivals100 running back Dontre Wilson remains committed to Oregon, but Ohio State and Texas have made things difficult since Chip Kelly's departure from Eugene.

    Torrodney Prevot is set to go down to signing day with USC and Texas A&M.

    Fort Bend Marshall defensive standout Deon Hollins Jr. has kept things quiet since his last visit to Notre Dame. It feels like UCLA, but it will be signing day before the final word is spoken.
    Big finish for UCLA

    There is a very good chance UCLA fans will be overjoyed on signing day when five-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and four-star defensive end Kylie Fitts make their decisions. There is also a good chance four-star quarterback Asiantii Woulard will end up with the Bruins, further bolstering an outstanding recruiting class. Vanderdoes and Fitts aren't talking, but one source said UCLA has locked them both up and that would be huge because both are quality talents and both are former USC commits.
    Oregon's twin concerns

    Chip Kelly's departure for the NFL added intrigue to the recruitment of Oregon commits Tyree and Tyrell Robinson. All of that will come to a head on signing day, when the two-sport stars are set to choose between the Ducks and Washington, which they visited last weekend. Some rumors say that the twins may actually split, with one joining the Ducks and the other headed to Washington, but that doesn't seem likely. There has always been a solid relationship between the Huskies' coaches and the Robinsons. And the fact that their high school coach is a former teammate of Washington assistant Marques Tuiasosopo doesn't hurt things. There's some serious intrigue here, and calling the situation either way would be a total shot in the dark. It's setting up to be one of the year's most intriguing signing-day announcements.

    Now on Eddie, Deon and Kylie......per 247sports UCLA site..........

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    What's Left on the Board?

    UCLA is hoping to close strong with a few key targets set to announce. Kylie Fitts could perhaps be that big steal for the staff and would also be another big addition.

    Eddie Vanderdoes is also looking at UCLA but the Bruins are likely on the outside looking in here.

    Myles Jack will remain firm in his commitment and the Bruins should be able to hold on to Deon Hollins who took other trips.

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    I love recruiting, especially the last few days. Anyone with access to the internet is blasting out "locks" and "guarantees" based on absolutely nothing.

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    The Rivals article is free so they are trying to spin as many stories as possible to try to attract new subscribers for NSD, even trying to spin A'Shawn Robinson despite the fact that Robinson is already on the record as saying he will sign with Bama.

    Bama jumped ahead of UF & ND and pOSU is now tied with UF in the Rivals Team Rankings yesterday with the verbals of Reuben Foster (Bama) and Dontre Wilson (pOSU). Bama will clinch their 3rd straight recruiting team title on Rivals when A'Shawn makes it official tomorrow. ND is currently 4th but could still end up 2nd with a EV commit depending on who else UF and pOSU might still add.

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    Finish in the Top 10 is all that matters. After that, it's all player development.

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