The Trojans and Bruins have highly rated classes and are poised to finish strong on National Signing Day.
National Signing Day is just one day away, and UCLA and USC are trying to finish the 2013 recruiting cycle with a bang. Both schools should sign solid classes, as the Bruins are slotted at No. 10 in 247Sports's composite rankings, while the Trojans are ranked 12th.
The Bruins currently have 23 verbal commitments, including an eye-popping 15 four-star players, and they lead the Pac-12 in 247Sports's rankings. The biggest pieces to UCLA's recruiting puzzle are a couple of four-star safeties: Tahaan Goodman and Priest Willis. Both have good size -- Goodman is 6'3, 195 pounds; Willis is 6'2, 200 pounds -- and are considered to be two of the best at their position. Goodman is the No. 5 player in California and No. 8 safety in the Class of 2013, according to 247Sports, while Willis is listed as the top player in Arizona and the No. 6 safety in the class.
USC is facing scholarship restrictions due to NCAA sanctions, and the Trojans can only sign 15 players this year. But what Lane Kiffin's team may lack in quantity, it's making up for in quality. USC has just 12 players verbally committed, but four are five-stars, and the remaining eight are four-stars. The cream of the Trojans' crop is either five-star safety Su'a Cravens or five-star defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow. Cravens is listed as the top player from California and top safety in the class, while Bigelow is ranked No. 1 in the state of Maryland and No. 2 at his position.