USC and UCLA recruiting rankings through the decade

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By the end of National Letter of Intent day, USC had landed yet another top recruiting class and UCLA had proved that it is serious about returning to the nation’s college football elite.

The Trojans remained in the hunt for a couple uncommitted stars late Wednesday, but even if they miss out on those players, USC is likely to finish in the top five for the sixth time in seven years according to

The Bruins surprised a lot of people by landing a top-five class for the first time this decade, according to This is officially Rick Neuheisel’s second recruiting class, but last year’s class was more a product of outgoing coach Karl Dorrell and then-defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker. Actually, give most of the credit to Walker.

Here’s how the two programs have fared in the rankings over the last few years:

Year USC
2009 7 4 4 14
2008 9 8 10 13
2007 2 2 36 40
2006 1 1 20 17
2005 6 1 24 26
2004 1 1 24 24
2003 1 3 35 36
2002 12 13 7 9

-- Adam Rose

Photo (left): Pete Carroll. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times
Photo (right): Rick Neuheisel. Credit: Harry How / Getty Images