Cravens' commitment a boon for USC

This is getting a little ridiculous.

Top-ranked safety Su'a Cravens' Wednesday commitment to USC has put the Trojans in an unprecedented position at this point in the recruiting season. They're essentially getting every in-state prospect they want thus far and some out-of-staters, to boot.

Will that change at some point before Signing Day in February? Probably. But unless some of the eight top prospects who have already committed to USC change their collective minds over the next eight months, the Trojans' 2013 recruiting class is shaping up to be the best in the country.

Cravens is the 14th-best 2013 prospect in the land, according to the ESPN150. The crazy thing is that places him third among USC commitments in his class, behind ninth-ranked defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow and 12th-ranked quarterback Max Browne.

At 6-1 and 205 pounds, Cravens has ideal height for a 16-year-old safety prospect and enough bulk to make an eventual move to linebacker a possibility. More importantly, he also has the national stature that's going to help USC continue to build its class in the next half-year-plus.

Sure, Bigelow and Browne are top-rated players and potential first-year contributors. But neither of them are the type of recruiter that Cravens is -- the Matt Barkley type who can get out and be vocal about his college choice and influence others to make that same choice.

Don't be surprised if recruits recall Cravens as they commit to USC over the next several months, and don't be surprised if Lane Kiffin and Co. call his commitment the key to the 2013 class next February -- or in December, if he does enroll early, as appears a possibility.

USC's class now numbers eight, all of whom are rated as four-star prospects by ESPN RecruitingNation. Six of those eight are in the ESPN150, and the final two are just outside of it, based on their numbered grade.

The Trojans' final class will number anywhere from 15-18, depending on how many spring enrollees they take and how many openings they decide to leave for the next spring.