GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02: (L-R) Pro golfer Tiger Woods, Andrew Luck #12, Michael Thomas #3, Delano Howell #26 and David DeCastro #52 of the Stanford Cardinal walks out onto the field for the coinn toss against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

Can USC Pull Kyle Murphy From Stanford?

Kyle Murphy is one of the top offensive tackles in the country. With a visit to USC this weekend, the Trojans have a chance to change his mind on the prohibitive favorite, the Stanford Cardinal.

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Kyle Murphy Commits To Stanford Over USC

Stanford gains an elite offensive tackle recruit.

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Kyle Murphy Recruiting Update: Just How Big Of A Move Did USC Make?

USC may have closed the gap some with Kyle Murphy. Will it be enough to keep him from Stanford?

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Kyle Murphy To Host Stanford Coaches For In-Home Visit Monday Night

According to Whitney Blaine, offensive tackle recruit Kyle Murphy is set to host coaches from Stanford for an in-home visit tonight. Murphy has long been thought to be a lean to the Cardinal, but a recent visit to USC has some people believing he may end up a Trojan.

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Can USC Show Kyle Murphy Enough To Overcome Stanford Lean?

The battle for the commitment of offensive tackle recruit Kyle Murphy has been intense of late. Rivals even prematurely reported that Murphy had committed to Stanford. He didn't, but Stanford is seen here as the prohibitive favorite.

But with a visit to USC this weekend, the Trojans will have a shot to change the 6'7", 275-pound tackle's mind. And the Trojans will need to do a lot of work, as Murphy is very high on the Cardinal, having just visited The Farm last weekend, marking his fourth visit to Stanford.

Everyone knows what USC, now out from under the bowl ban, can offer a player. But what, aside from the tradition and NFL pedigree, can USC offer Murphy specifically? Playing time. USC left tackle Matt Kalil declared early for the NFL draft. USC does not have great depth on the lines, and while it might be a stretch to believe that Murphy can come in and start for a team expecting to content for a national title, that doesn't really matter in recruiting. All that matters is that Lane Kiffin can pull out a depth chart that shows a blank at the tackle position. From there, Kiffin has to hope that Murphy believes he can win the job as a freshman.

Of course, Stanford can give him the same pitch, as the Cardinal is losing its left tackle as well.

For more on Pac-12 recruiting, check out Pacific Takes.

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Rivals' Report Premature: Kyle Murphy Has Not Committed To Stanford

Kyle Murphy is one of the top offensive tackles in the country.

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