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USC closing in on top 10 recruiting class

South Carolina is just outside the top 10 in two of three major recruiting services' class rankings heading into the final weekend before National Signing Day.

The Gamecocks could be looking at a top 10 class depending on the decisions of three of the state's top uncommitted players: Timberland offensive lineman Quinton Washington; Greenwood defensive end Sam Montgomery; and Calhoun County wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.

As of Monday, USC has 28 commitments and is ranked No. 11 overall by Rivals.com, No. 12 by ESPN.com and No. 12 by Scout.com.

Rivals ranks the team No. 3 overall for defensive ends and athletes; No. 4 for linebackers; and No. 7 for running backs.

ESPN.com's ranking says of the Gamecocks: "This class just gets more and more impressive -- on defense. Coach Steve Spurrier is looking at potentially having his second top 15 class in three years, if he keeps this pace."

The top 25 rankings are as follows:

    Rivals.com
  • 1. LSU
  • 2. Ohio State
  • 3. Southern California
  • 4. Texas
  • 5. Alabama
  • 6. North Carolina
  • 7. Michigan
  • 8. Miami
  • 9. Georgia
  • 10. Florida
  • 11. South Carolina
  • 12. Oklahoma
  • 13. Florida State
  • 14. Arkansas
  • 15. Michigan State
  • 16. Tennessee
  • 17. Stanford
  • 18. Texas A&M
  • 19. Auburn
  • 20. UCLA
  • 21. West Virginia
  • 22. Mississippi State
  • 23. Notre Dame
  • 24. Virginia Tech
  • 25. Penn State
    Scout.com
  • 1. Ohio State
  • 2. LSU
  • 3. North Carolina
  • 4. Texas
  • 5. Southern California
  • 6. Texas A&M
  • 7. Alabama
  • 8. Oklahoma
  • 9. Stanford
  • 10. Penn State
  • 11. Georgia
  • 12. South Carolina
  • 13. Arkansas
  • 14. Miami (Fla.)
  • 15. Auburn
  • 16. UCLA
  • 17. Florida
  • 18. West Virginia
  • 19. Michigan
  • 20. Mississippi State
  • 21. Tennessee
  • 22. Florida State
  • 23. Mississippi
  • 24. South Florida
  • 25. Notre Dame
    ESPN.com
  • 1. LSU
  • 2. Southern California
  • 3. Texas
  • 4. Ohio State
  • 5. Florida
  • 6. Georgia
  • 7. Miami (FL)
  • 8. Alabama
  • 9. Oklahoma
  • 10. Florida State
  • 11. North Carolina
  • 12. South Carolina
  • 13. Notre Dame
  • 14. Michigan
  • 15. Penn State
  • 16. Virginia Tech
  • 17. Rutgers
  • 18. Tennessee
  • 19. Illinois
  • 20. Clemson
  • 21. Michigan State
  • 22. Arkansas
  • 23. Stanford
  • 24. South Florida
  • 25. California
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