Extra Points: Recruit Watch

Look inside to see which recruits made it out to Howard Jones Field this week

Brown Making Plays – Like we mentioned earlier this week the secondary has made strides this offseason, and has been making plays on the practice field, lead by Nickell Robey and T.J. McDonald.

While Robey and McDonald are already known commodities, the development of redshirt freshman Anthony Brown continues to be a bright spot. The aggressive cornerback is pushing for playing time with his hard work and playmaking ability.

"He has really worked extremely hard since the day that he got here," Kiffin said. "It's good to see him out here getting a chance and making some plays. He made a bunch of plays in high school and hopefully he can continue to do what he did today."

Brown finished off a strong first week of practice by breaking up a pair of passes and intercepting another on Saturday.

Recruit Watch – After a year in which very few recruits stopped by Howard Jones Field, several of the top local prospects have made plans to attend spring practices this offseason.

A good size group of 2011 signees and 2012 recruits were on hand for USC's first practice in pads on Saturday.

Antwaun Woods, Greg Townsend, Charles Burks, Cody Temple, Victor Blackwell, Marcus Martin and Steve Dillon were the members of the 2011 recruiting class that stopped by to watch their future teammates in action.

Jabari Ruffin, the most recent player to verbally commit to the Trojans, was one of a handful of 2012 prospects that watched from the sidelines.

Ruffin is one of the top linebacker recruits on the West Coast, and after seeing him at practice, it is safe to say that he is a legit 6-foot-3. Ruffin has a great frame and could easily add 15-20 pounds before arriving on campus in 2012.

Monrovia defensive lineman Ellis McCarthy is another impressive looking prospect that was at practice. McCarthy is no stranger to USC, having attended games at the Coliseum last season.

The elite defensive lineman is being pursued by most of the Pac-12, as well as other top programs across the country. McCarthy will be back at USC on April 3rd for the Nike Camp.

Norco linebacker Scott Starr also got a chance to watch practice. Starr previously attended USC's Junior Day and plans to attend USC's Rising Stars Camp or the Skills Camp.

Inglewood athlete Derrick Woods made the trip to USC along with a handful of his high school teammates.

On the offensive side of the ball, San Clemente lineman Kyle Murphy was the top prospect on campus. Murphy grew up a fan of USC and is one of best linemen in a loaded 2012 class.

Rounding out the talented group was Muir cornerback Kevon Seymour. The 5-11, 170-pound defensive back already holds offers from half of the Pac-12 and was one of the top performers at the Badger Sport 7-on-7 Tournament in Las Vegas.

Colony athlete Bryan Harper attended practice earlier in the week.


*Discuss more on the SCPlaybook.com message boards

If you haven't subscribed to SCPlaybook.com yet, give us a chance. Check out all the premium content and recruiting information you have been missing with a 7-Day Free Trial!



USCFootball.com Top Stories