Eric Sondheimer

The USC-UCLA rivalry is a big deal, but what role does it play in recruiting?

The USC-UCLA rivalry is a big deal, but what role does it play in recruiting?

Jaelan Phillips, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound, all-star defensive lineman from Redlands East Valley, knows all about the USC-UCLA football experience.

His father went to UCLA, so he has attended the rivalry game for years, whether at the Coliseum or at the Rose Bowl.

“I don’t look at USC-UCLA from a recruiting standpoint,” he said. “I look at it from a fan point of view.”

Committed to UCLA, he believes the game’s outcome is more about having bragging rights than convincing someone to make a college choice.

Ditto for former USC linebacker Su’a Cravens, now with the Washington Redskins. He was recruited by both schools out of Vista...

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