Sorry to sound bitter, but I can guarantee you legacy counts for something at USC. A friend of mine was recently accepted, while I have not yet (though I realize I may still). However, the acceptee had well below my stats and average stats, had no hook (save the 3rd or 4th gen legacy), has zero club participation or service, and is white. While I am truly happy for her admission (honestly I am), there is definitely something fishy going on. Her family has strong ties to the trojan family and possibly the admissions office, so that seems to count for something.