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USC recruiting update: Salesian's Kevin Scott will visit Trojans

USC remains in the running for Los Angeles Salesian High defensive lineman Kevin Scott.

On Monday, Scott wrote on Twitter that he was considering USC, Miami, Mississippi, Purdue and San Diego State.

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Scott told The Times that defensive line coaches set the schools apart. “I have a great relationship with all of them,” he said.

USC offered Scott a scholarship last week, which is late for the 2015 recruiting cycle. He is scheduled to make an official visit Tuesday, he said. He has visited Miami and Purdue and will visit Mississippi.

Scott said he would announce a commitment on Feb. 4.

USC has 15 verbal commitments and can sign 19 players.The Trojans are still in the mix for cornerback Iman Marshall, defensive lineman Rasheem Green and linebackers Porter Gustin and John Houston.

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Trojans in the NFL: Clay Matthews, Tyron Smith in Pro Bowl

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews and Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith helped Team Irvin defeat Team Carter, 32-28, in the Pro Bowl on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Matthews, making his fifth Pro Bowl appearance, had two tackles.

More notable was Matthews’ celebration with Packers teammate – and Pro Bowl opponent – Jordy Nelson, after Nelson caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees.

Smith, selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl, started for Team Irvin, which rushed for 148 yards and passed for 463.

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Former Trojans Hayes Pullard, Josh Shaw play in Senior Bowl

Former USC linebacker Hayes Pullard and cornerback Josh Shaw played in the Senior Bowl on Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

Pullard had five tackles and Shaw had four, with a pass breakup, in the North team’s 34-13 victory over the South.

“Great week in Mobile, Alabama for the #SeniorBowl," Pullard wrote on Twitter

The NFL scouting combine is Feb. 17 to 23 in Indianapolis.

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USC football morning report

Fact of the day: Former USC commit Taeon Mason of Pasadena Muir tweeted his commitment to Washington State on Sunday.

In The Times:

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Former USC coach Lane Kiffin will remain at Alabama

Former USC coach Lane Kiffin, who was reportedly a candidate for NFL jobs as an offensive coordinator, will remain at Alabama next season.

“We're very pleased and happy that Lane is going to be staying here at the University of Alabama with us,” Alabama Coach Nick Saban said in a statement. “He's done a fabulous job and is one of the finest offensive coaches in the country.

“He is going to have plenty of opportunities in the future and we want to continue to help him develop as a coach so when he leaves here, he'll be in a very good situation. Our offense was extremely productive last season and we look forward to building on some of the good things we did on that side of the ball with this year's team.”

Kiffin was fired by USC five games into the 2013 season.

He was hired by Saban as offensive coordinator and became a finalist for the Broyles Award, presented annually to the top assistant in college football. Kiffin helped Alabama reach a College Football Playoff semifinal, but the...

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USC Now mailbag: Recruiting, scholarships and play calling

My inbox was hardly recognizable this week. There were no questions or comments about Ed Orgeron.

Not a single one.

It's officially the end of a mailbag era -- so without further ado, time to start a new one. 

What are the rules/contingency plans for schools that receive more than 25 commitments on signing day? USC has a possibility of landing commitments from 26 or 27 players on Feb. 4, plus one blue-shirt from last year. Are they forced to withdraw offers to players who committed?

-- Stephen P Michael II

It is complicated, but there are options.

USC can blue-shirt recruits or grey-shirt them.

A blue-shirt is a non-recruited player who can be awarded a scholarship on the first day of practice, with the scholarship counting toward next year’s class (in this case, blue-shirts will count against 2016).

A non-recruited player is one who did not make an official visit or play host to coaches for an in-home visit.

Among the list of 15 verbally committed players, there are a couple who could...

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