Cedar Hill invading L.A. this weekend

USC running commit Aca'Cedric Ware will return to USC this weekend, but upon his return to Los Angeles, the four-star tailback bring with him five-star wide receiver teammate DaMarkus Lodge.

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 the house.”

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 weekend.

“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 their toes.”

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 with you.’

“I told him, ‘You’re going to love him man’ and he just took it from there.”

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.”

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