Filling the gaps: Six major programs improve at key positions on Signing Day

This is what it has come to at USC. Pete Carroll, the guy who has redefined recruiting this decade as the Trojans’ coach, fielding questions about a disappointing recruiting class.
A class that merely was one of the top three in the country.
When you’ve set the bar, any blemish stands out. And this time around, a handful of impact defections overshadow another class full of stars.
“We’ll never be satisfied when we don’t get everyone that we want,” Carroll said.
The two that got away — five-star linebackers Manti Te’o and Vontaze Burfict — were the key players among five that USC figured to lock down. The Trojans are thin at linebacker, and Te’o and Burfict were both clearly first-year starters and would’ve given USC yet another No.1-ranked recruiting class.

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2/5/09