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Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco is fertile recruiting territory for USC, and now coach Jason Negro is in the position of guiding many of his players who are considering the Trojans through a different part of the recruiting process.
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Four-star defensive end Malik Dorton is committed to USC and four-star offensive guard Damien Mama is seriously considering the Trojans, as is Cal commit Jaleel Wadood. Five-star 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen carries an offer from USC, as does classmate Zach Robertson.
The news that USC fired coach Lane Kiffin after the Trojans were blasted Saturday night at Arizona State did not come as a complete shock to Negro, who said he's going to advise his players to remain patient and see how the process plays out.
"With the news coming early, we haven't had an opportunity to really talk to our kids," Negro said. "It's going to be interesting to see what they say tomorrow. My advice to them is going to be to wait and see what happens and see how the moves are going to affect their decision.
"Any time a kid is going to make a decision based on a university, it's not going to be solely on the head coach. Our kids know that and understand it. They went into this thing knowing Coach Kiffin was kind of on the hot seat anyway going into the season."
Dorton, rated as the No. 10 weak-side defensive end in the 2014 class by Rivals.com, has been committed to the Trojans since late August. He is planning at least one other trip, something that was in the works before the Kiffin news broke.
Mama has had USC as one of his favorites for some time. Wadood, who's been committed to Cal since the summer, is still looking at USC and UCLA. All of them and others will probably be deliberate in their approach and see what USC does in its coaching search before making any big moves, Negro said.
"With the scholarship reductions and the lack of depth I think they knew they'd have some issues," Negro said. "Our kids will take a long look and I definitely think whoever they hire will have an impact on whether they make the decision to go to SC or not."
Adam Gorney is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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