Cedar Hill (Texas) running back commit Aca’Cedric Ware had plenty of scholarship offers to choose from last spring, but when it came time to make a decision, he chose USC over Iowa, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
However, with Notre Dame and Ohio State fading from the picture over
the summer, many questioned what real interest USC had in Ware right up
until the time of his commitment.
This season, Ware has made the Trojans recruiting coordinator Peter Sirmon and area recruiter Chris Wilson look like geniuses. In four
games, Ware has rushed for 647-yards and 11 touchdowns — averaging more
than a 160-yards a game in one of the most competitive areas in the
country for high school football.
While Ware shared carries with two other running backs last season, he
has been the featured back this year.
“It’s been pretty sweet,” said Ware. “It’s good to let people know what
to expect when I get to the college level. I’ve been doing more this
year, so it’s been pretty good so far.
“I’ve improved my power and my cuts. When I make a cut, a strong cut,
it can be all the way to the backside of the play, so I can take it to
However, Ware and the Longhorns won’t be playing this week. With a bye
this Friday, Ware has decided to take his official visit to USC this
“I’m excited about getting back out there,” said Ware. “I want to see
how the coaches coach. I want to see their coaching style in person
during a game.
“I want to see how they handle adversity. If the other team makes a big
play, I want to see how they handle it and how they keep the team on
Ware attended the USC Rising Stars Camp last June, so while he has seen
the program inside and out, things change when the lights coming on.
That was evident when USC was stunned by Boston College on the road two
weeks ago in a 31-37 loss.
“I’ve seen that the coaches can coach,” said Ware. “They’ve got real
coaches up there. I talked to Coach Sirmon and Coach (Johnny) Nansen.
“They were just talking about how it was a learning experience and how
it’s making them better and they want to be better. I can see the
coaches, they really trust their kids.”
This Saturday, the Trojans will face the undefeated Oregon State
Beavers in the Coliseum.
“I want to see how well the offensive line can block,” said Ware. “I
want see how well we can run the ball. I really want to see how the
whole offense plays. I want to see how fast they play. I want to see
their tempo in the game.”
Accompanying Ware on his official visit will be five-star wide receiver
teammate DaMarkus Lodge.
Lodge, who de-committed from Texas A&M last Thursday, was offered a
scholarship by USC in May when Trojan assistant coaches Peter Sirmon
and Chris Wilson visited Cedar Hill.
“We have talked about the coaches,” said Ware. “He’s going to love the
coaches at USC… their personality. I told him about how he’s going to
love the environment.
“I also told him about the campus and how it’s a private school and
it’s an enclosed campus. He’s going to like that, but he’s going to
have to see it for himself.”
While Ware helped reinforce Lodge’s interest in visiting USC, the
four-star tailback says he didn’t really recruit his teammate to hop on
a plane to Los Angeles.
“He asked me when I’m going on my official, and I was like, this week,”
explained Ware. “He’s like, ‘Oh for real? I’m coming too. I’m coming
“I told him, ‘You’re going to love him man’ and he just took it from
Ware made the choice to leave home for college well before he committed
to USC. Can Lodge make that same life changing move?
“I think so,” said Ware. “He’s more of a high-tempo, fun guy. He likes
to have fun, so I’ll think he’ll enjoy this.”
Cedar Hill invading L.A. this weekend
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