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USC recruiting roundup: Recruits react to loss to Arizona State

Every Tuesday we will feature a USC recruiting update

USC recruits stood and watched as Arizona State players hooted, hollered and danced their way into the Coliseum tunnel after a stunning 38-34 victory over the Trojans on Saturday.

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But the outcome seemed to have had little effect on the visiting high school players.

USC hosted cornerback Kendall Sheffield on an official visit from Missouri City (Texas) Marshall High. Sheffield, 6 feet and 180 pounds, is regarded as one of the top corners in the 2015 class.

A photograph of Sheffield with New York Yankees shortstop Alex Rodriguez inside the John McKay Center circulated on Twitter.

Several players who have committed to USC attended the game, including quarterback Ricky Town, offensive lineman Clayton Johnston and defensive lineman Jacob Daniel.

Daniel made the 3½-hour drive from Fresno and said on Monday he thought it was a "great, hard-fought game."

"I was really not expecting to see it end the way it did, but at the end of the day — that's just football," said Daniel, adding that the loss would not change his view of the program or his commitment.

Gardena Serra linebacker John Houston and defensive end Rasheem Green and Mission Hills Alemany running back Dominic Davis were among recruits in the tunnel watching the Sun Devils celebrate.

Davis committed to Washington State but said he "loved" USC and was not fazed by the Trojans defeat.

"They utilized the tailback in every way — rushes, receptions and all that," Davis said on Monday, "I was impressed."

Sarkisian stops by Windward

USC Coach Steve Sarkisian attended a game at Los Angeles Windward School to see offensive lineman Roy Hemsley, who has committed to the Trojans, and 2016 recruit Breland Brandt.

Brandt, a top-rated defensive end, posted his commitment to UCLA on Instagram on Sunday.

USC coaches did not attend Friday high school games.

Here's a look at the current list of committed players to USC:

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Player; Position; High school

Ricky Town, QB, Ventura St. Bonaventure

Sam Darnold, QB, San Clemente

Desean Holmes, WR, Mission Hills Bishop Alemany

De'Quan Hampton, WR, Long Beach City College

Tristan Payton, WR, Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast

Aca'Cedric Ware, RB, Cedar Hill (Texas)

Chuma Edoga, OL, Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern

Roy Hemsley, OL, Los Angeles Windward

Clayton Johnston, OL, Anaheim Servite

Cole Smith, C, Mission Viejo

Jacob Daniel, DL, Fresno Clovis North

Noah Jefferson, DL, Henderson (Nev.) Liberty

Christian Rector, DL, Los Angeles Loyola

Cameron Smith, LB, Granite Bay

Taeon Mason, CB, Pasadena Muir

Isaiah Langley, CB, Pleasanton Foothill

Questions about USC? Email me at LNThiry@gmail.com or tweet @LindseyThiry and I will answer questions in a weekly USC Now mailbag.

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