Trojan Family

Marc Tyler and others, including a teammate from Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village who has already committed to USC, all visited the Trojans on Jan. 19. Tyler remains solidly committed to USC and says he's hoping that players like Louisiana running back Joe McKnight and local linebacker Malcolm Smith both end up choosing the Trojans.

Marc Tyler (6-0, 215, 4.55),'s No. 4 running back from Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, Calif., has been committed to USC for some time now, but he just recently took his official visit there last weekend (Jan. 19).

"It went really well," Tyler said "I really liked getting to hang out with Everson Griffen (defensive end from Agua Fria Union in Avondale, Ariz., who is already committed to the Trojans), Joe McKnight (running back from John Curtis Christian in River Ridge, La., who remains uncommitted), Chris Galippo (linebacker from Servite in Anaheim, Calif., who is also already committed to USC), Malcolm Smith (linebacker from Taft High in Woodland Hills, Calif., who has USC in his final three) and a few of my other teammates.

"Everyone really had a great time. I'm hoping that Malcolm and Joe decide to go there too," Tyler said. "We didn't really talk about it much and we're not trying to pressure them. They seemed to have a good time. We all had a good time. We just talked about how much fun it would be for all of us to play together."

One of Tyler's teammates who also visited USC was cornerback Anthony Gildon, who is already committed to Oregon. "I think he had a lot of fun," Tyler said. "I'm not sure what he's going to do. He's committed to Oregon, but it would be great to see him at USC."

Tyler's player host was (wide receiver) Vidal Hazelton. "It was a lot of fun because we all got to go to the basketball game and check out the new Galen Center. It's really a first-class facility.

"I also really liked checking out the Coliseum and going through all the pre-game stuff they do. I really like how they are all real people and all seem to get a long really well. They are a family. I also like coach Pete Carroll. He's always really excited and energetic. Vidal said that he really expects a lot from his players and to show up ready. I really like their up-tempo practices and how hard they work."

So, does Lane Kiffin's (offensive coordinator) departure to the Oakland Raiders affect Tyler's decision at all? "No," he said. "Coach Kiffin wasn't my recruiting coach and he was just always really quiet. It doesn't really affect me."

Tyler reports a 2.5 core GPA and a 17 ACT, which he is retaking on Feb. 10.

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