USC, UCLA land top prospects

By Eric Sondheimer

Los Angeles Times
February 4, 2010

The UCLA-USC football rivalry is definitely alive and flourishing — in recruiting, at least.

Each school emerged from Wednesday, the first day high school football seniors could sign letters of intent, with prospect classes ranked in the national top 10.

“We’re very close [to USC], and we’ll go past them very soon,” UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel predicted.

The departure of USC Coach Pete Carroll to the NFL seemed to energize Neuheisel, who showed a closer mentality. Four top defensive recruits all announced in the middle of the day that they had signed with UCLA — defensive backs Dietrich Riley of La Ca