The USC Trojans are entering a very difficult period. After stacking their last class with as much talent as possible to try and stave off the damage of incoming scholarship sanctions, USC is only able to take on 15 new freshmen to their team. That leaves them in a bit of dilemma in terms of recruiting, as they're now cramped in terms of the type of players they can check out and offer.
So does USC take their time and preach patience? Or do they try and find all the players available and scoop them up as quickly as possible to ensure they'll have a full class?
Turns out the latter was the way they went. Which makes this sort of news inevitable.
What'd you figure would happen? A lot of top talent wants to play for Southern California, and with more interest coming the way of the Trojans. The coaching staff would try their best to find the top-notch talent to smoothen out the fact that they couldn't offer and sign as many players as before. So they'll try their best to jettison the players they feel they don't need in order to ensure they match scholarship restrictions.
Trojan Empire explains the situation better.
With Mickens and York included among the 2012 class, USC was left with only 4 remaining scholarships. In weighing supply and demand, it’s more sensible to speculate the program losing interest in the players and/or positions than the recruits losing interest in the program.
York’s situation is a little different, as it also includes a stroke of bad luck. The Louisiana native transferred across country for the sole purpose of working his way into USC. The plan was scrapped by a recent knee injury that requires surgery, which led the thrifty shoppers of Troy to pass him over.
It's a bit brusque to say the least, but USC needs to look out for USC to keep their team near the top of the pile.
Expect East Coast talent Nelson Agholor (perhaps one of the best wide receivers in the entire freshman recruiting class) to be targeted to replace Mickens.