The USC Trojans are trying to make the most of their limited scholarships, particularly with two spots open now that Eldridge Massington and Max Redfield have looked elsewhere. So when they get a chance at a can't miss player like A'Shawn Robinson, they're probably going to pursue things. Robinson is currently committed to Texas, but suddenly there seems to be a lot of interest in him.
According to someone with close ties to the USC program, the depth of knowledge that Robinson had about the Trojans was particularly surprising.
Not enough? Star safety and USC pledge Su'a Cravens was around Robinson all weekend and said that the Texas commit "loved the visit ($)" and was "all smiles" the entire weekend. Considering that Robinson is extremely low-key and tough to get much out of, for him to be that expressive is extremely telling.
Robinson is still considered a fairly solid verbal to Texas, the school that he committed to back in February without taking visits. Florida State was a destination earlier in the fall for the game against Clemson, while an Alabama trip was cancelled, through Robinson still plans on making it to Tuscaloosa before Signing Day.
Do any of the schools have a significant chance of flipping one of the top defensive tackles in the country and getting him out of the state of Texas?
It's unlikely that USC's pursuit of Robinson will hinder the commitments of Eddie Vanderdoes and Kenny Bigelow, as USC runs a 4-3 that's conducive to multiple defensive tackles. But it's clear that USC is keeping all their options open for as long as they possibly can.
Texas has been struggling this year, and despite the issues USC has had, the Trojans seem to be having no issues overcoming their recruiting troubles.