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.