Clearing up the scholarship situation

LOS ANGELES -- Coach Lane Kiffin provided some much-needed clarity Tuesday when he disclosed which of USC's three former walk-ons have had their scholarships reinstated for the 2012 season and which haven't.

Offensive guard Abe Markowitz is on scholarship; linebacker Will Andrew is not. And linebacker Tony Burnett, Kiffin indicated, was never taken off of his scholarship, so he'll be continuing on. All three of those players initially entered USC as walk-ons and then played last season on scholarship, and at least two of them are now doing so again.

With former walk-on punter Kyle Negrete now on scholarship as well, it appears USC has exactly 74 football players on athletic scholarship as of Tuesday.

Of course, the Trojans are limited by the NCAA to 75 scholarships for the next three seasons, so USC has one more to give out. All indications are that it will go to either incoming freshman receiver Darreus Rogers, if he's cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center, or back to Andrew.

Rogers has until Sept. 14, the university's add-drop date, to enroll at USC. It's likely the NCAA will announce a decision before then.

If it's a yes and he's cleared, Rogers would presumably enroll immediately and receive the scholarship. If it's a no, Rogers could greyshirt and come to USC at a later date, with Andrew then taking the open scholarship. So the Trojans should play the 2012 season with a full 75-man scholarship roster, although several of those players will redshirt and a few are already lost for the season because of injury.

Rogers, from Carson High, was the 30th-ranked receiver in the country and 25th-ranked prospect from California in ESPN's Class of 2012.