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This is a critical step in the recruiting process because to this point the coaches have relied upon film evaluations and brief personal meetings at events such as Junior Day, the SC camps or spring practice. Within that time the coaches have identified certain players that received scholarship offers right away and the majority of those names were already very familiar to recruiting fans. Now comes the time when the Trojan coaches will use their hustle to continue the pursuit of the big names and to also find the gems, the lesser-known players who have the ability and potential to play football at USC.
"We use several resources to identify players but what we want to use is our own evaluation process" said USC recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron in a recent interview. "It starts with going to the school and watching practice... getting to know their character, asking some tough questions, all that stuff."
For Trojan fans we know that our coaches will put in the work needed to find the right players and we also know that they will know what to do once they find them. One of the strongest points of this staff has been the ability to get the message across to recruits about what is going on with Trojan football. I'll take my chances with Pete Carroll getting on the phone with any player in the country to try and bring him to USC. What safety wouldn't want to play for Carroll? What d-lineman wouldn't want to play for Ed Orgeron? How about a receiver wanting to play in the Norm Chow system? USC isn't a hard sell these days.
The Trojans have momentum on their side and this staff isn't about to let up. Look for them to be decisive this month, if they see a prospect and make the decision that he can help the team then an offer will be made. They will talk to high school coaches, they will conduct their evaluations and they will make the phone calls. They will be at the Nike Combine at USC this Tuesday and the Nike Camp in Northern California on Saturday. At the NorCal camp last year Pete Carroll was running from drill to drill like a kid in a candy store trying to get a look at all the players. This is not a staff that leaves a lot to chance and now is the time for them to travel the state and across the country in search of those football players they think are worthy of wearing the Cardinal and Gold.