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National Signing Day 2013 recap: USC, UCLA football recruiting

UCLA and USC added plenty of talent on Wednesday, as both teams fared well on National Signing Day.


In his first full recruiting cycle, UCLA head coach Jim Mora signed one of the best classes in school history. UCLA's 2013 recruiting class not only topped the Pac-12, it was one of the best in the country.

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The Bruins ranked as the No. 5 recruiting class in the country, according to UCLA loaded its class with highly-ranked recruits, including 18 players ranked as four-star prospects by Scout. The Bruins should get a huge boost in the secondary, as cornerback Johnny Johnson and safeties Tahaan Goodman and Tyler Foreman are all rated as four-star prospects.

UCLA's signing class should get even better in the coming days, as five-star cornerback Priest Willis is expected to sign with the Bruins. Willis did not sign on Wednesday, but is still solidly committed to the Bruins. The reason he didn't sign is that all student-athletes need a signature from a parent, and Willis' mother is out of town on a business trip.

While USC can't quite match UCLA in the rankings, the Trojans also signed a solid class. Even though the Trojans signed 12 highly ranked prospects, their class came up short of what it was once projected to be. The Trojans' 2013 crop was ranked No. 18 by Scout, but it was at one point No. 1 in the country.

Eight players decommitted from the Trojans late in the recruiting season, including defensive end Kylie Fitts, who signed with UCLA. The Trojans also lost out on wide receivers Eldridge Massington and Sebastian LaRue, defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes, linebacker Jason Hatcher, defensive end Torrodney Prevot and defensive backs Jalen Ramsey and Max Redfield.