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Xavier Grimble

Time to panic, right? Here it is, halfway through the recruiting season and USC hasn't already clinched the No. 1 team ranking. In fact, the Trojans are ranked No. 14 by Scout.com, several blips behind Stanford (eighth) and a spot in arrears of the dreaded Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

Oh, woe is me. What happened to the vaunted Pete Carroll recruiting machine that terrorized college football for nine years, that always brought in super-dupers from around the nation and the best of the best in California? The answer is – nothing has changed. Just an altered strategy after a 2009 class turned slightly sour at the end, when a couple of players jumped ship after earlier pledging...

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