2010 Prospects: If Carroll Leaves USC

We've heard many things over the last couple of days about how Pete Carroll leaving USC could impact the recruitment of various prospects. Here's a rundown on what we've heard...

This is some of the things we've heard in the last couple of days about how Pete Carroll leaving USC could affect some of USC's recruits.

This is not comprehensive, but just the things we've heard recently.

Hayes Pullard, LB, Los Angeles Crenshaw. Pullard was being torn between UCLA and USC, but if Carroll does leave USC, the word is that it will tip the scales toward UCLA, especially if USC linebacker coach Ken Norton leaves also. Pullard was scheduled to visit USC next weekend, but it's thought he could visit UCLA during the Bruins' big recruiting weekend instead.

Dietrich Riley, S, La Canada St. Francis. The word was that Riley was a silent commitment to USC, but we're hearing that if Carroll is gone, as of right now, Riley won't consider USC. Of course, things could change when USC hires a new coach. His visit to UCLA this weekend was put together at the last minute, and the USC turmoil was definitely partial motivation for it.

George Uko, DT, Chino Don Lugo. We've heard from very good sources that Uko is still committed to USC, but if Carroll, and most notably, defensive line coach Jethro Franklin, leave USC, Uko will almost certainly de-commit. He will possibly take an official visit to Oregon, but UCLA, we've heard, would be the leader for him.

Robert Wood, WR, Gardena Serra. As we said yesterday, Robert Woods is still fully committed to USC. However, if Carroll does in fact take the Seahawks job, we've been told that Woods will re-open his recruitment to some extent and take a couple of official visits.

Xavier Grimble, TE, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman. The #1 tight end in the country, Grimble committed to USC primarily because of Carroll, but we've heard that he could very seriously consider UCLA if Carroll and several of his assistants leave. The family are big fans of Rick Neuheisel and Grimble was the first tight end UCLA offered. WE'e heard that Grimble, in fact, will visit UCLA officially next weekend. This would also play a big role with his cousin, Jalen Grimble, an elite 2011 prospect.

Anthony Jefferson, DB, Los Angeles Cathedral. Carroll leaving USC might not impact Jefferson's decision that much, since we've heard that it was a battle between Oregon and UCLA. But it certainly doesn't hurt, and you'd never want to count out Carroll when he gets a kid on campus for an official visit. So, eliminating USC could still definitely help UCLA with Jefferson.

Josh Shirley, LB, Fontana Kaiser. UCLA hasn't focused on Shirley as much recently, and he says the Bruins aren't currently on his list. But UCLA could take another shot at Shirley, and the fact that USC would be in a weaker position without Carroll would help the Bruins, being perhaps the stronger option to stay home.

Dion Bailey, S, Lakewood. UCLA offered Bailey as a safety early on in the process, and we've heard that if Carroll leaves Bailey would decommit from USC and go elsewhere. Of course, again, you can anticipate what impact a new coach at USC could have on the committed players like Bailey.

Jesse Scroggins, QB, Lakewood. Like his Lakewood teammate Bailey, we've heard that Scroggins would open things up as well, but UCLA has their quarterback spot filled with Brett Nottingham, and we've heard Scroggins has some academic work to do.

Giovanni Di Poalo, OL, Ventura St. Bonaventure. His grandfather played at UCLA, and while we don't know if UCLA would offer him, especially with some offensive linemen already on board, UCLA could sniff around and see if there could be some reciprocal interest.

Randall Telfer, TE, Rancho Cucamonga. UCLA offered Telfer early, but we think UCLA would make a bigger effort with Grimble than Telfer. But still, he's an elite prospect and UCLA would probably at least gauge interest.

In the 2011 class, Carroll leaving could affect UCLA positively with elite recruits such as Antwaun Woods and Greg Townsend, both defensive line prospects who have tight relationships with Franklin.

Other players that UCLA has offered that USC was in the lead for included the #! OL in the nation, Seantrel Henderson and elite running back Lache Seastrunk, but Henderson would likely end up at Ohio State and Seastrunk, the word is, somewhere in the Southeast.


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