Trojans All-Star Weekend Preview

USC has six commitment playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl this year. The Trojans hope to land three more commitments from this weekend's all-star games.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been good to the Trojans this past decade.

This year, San Antonio (Texas) welcomes six USC commits to the game with two more potentially waiting to announce their pledges to the Trojans Saturday.

The Trojans will send defensive linemen Christian Rector and Jacob Daniel to the West team, along with quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Ricky Town. Darnold, a late add to the game, is listed as a quarterback for the East squad breaking with the geographical tradition of the game.

USC will also have five-star offensive tackle Chuma Edoga playing for the East squad. Four-star cornerback Isaiah Langley rounds out the contingency of Trojans flying into to San Antonio Sunday. Of that group, Town and Edoga will immediately enroll at USC in Jan. 9.

Riverside (Calif.) Poly four-star cornerback Ykili Ross and Encino (Calif.) Crespi four-star safety Marvell Tell are the most notable targets playing in the game for USC. Both players are scheduled to commit during the game Saturday live on NBC.

Ross is listed in the roster as a wide receiver and played both wide out and cornerback in high school. His hands and ball skills would be a tremendous asset to USC’s secondary seeing the amount of dropped interceptions the Trojans had in the Holiday Bowl Saturday night against Nebraska.


Ross officially visited USC Dec. 12 and will choose between USC, Notre Dame, Arizona State and Oklahoma Saturday. Tell, who is rated the nation’s No. 4 safety, will decide among USC, Oregon, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.

Jefferson (La.) four-star cornerback Donte Jackson will also play in the secondary for the West team this week. Jackson will make his decision on a college Jan 21. He has narrowed his list choices down to USC, Georgia and LSU.

Army All-American USC Commits
West No. 6 Jacob Daniel West No. 18 Ricky Town East No.18 Sam Darnold
West No. 27 Isaiah Langley East No. 55 Chuma Edoga West No. 89 Christian Rector
USC will also have two huge linebacker targets playing in the Army All-American Bowl this weekend. Salt Lake City (Utah) five-star linebacker Osa Masina will not announce a college decision at the game, but he has narrowed his list of college choices to USC, UCLA and Arizona State. Masina still has an in-home visit scheduled with USC head coach Steve Sarkisian for mid-January, which will be around the time the 6-foot-4, 240-pound linebacker makes his commitment.

Fellow Utah linebacker Porter Gustin should be making his commitment shortly after Masina. At 6-foot-5, 240-pounds, Gustin plays all over the field in high school as is rated as a defensive end by Scout. This week Gustin will play inside as a linebacker along side Masina. Gustin canceled his official visit with USC set for Nov. 28 and rescheduled that trip for Jan. 17.

In the trenches, USC fans won’t get to see Gardena (Calif.) five-star defensive tackle Rasheem Green play in the game. Green torn his meniscus in the final game of the real season against Loyola and has decided to sit the game out. Green, however, will be in San Antonio the whole week with the West squad enjoying the festivities.


Army All-American USC Targets
West No. 3 Osa Masina West No. 5 Porter Gustin West No. 10 Marvell Tell
West No. 12 Donte Jackson West No. 87 Ykili Ross West No. 93 Rasheem Green
USC’s representation in the Under Armour All-America game is traditionally sparse, and this year is no different. Moraga (Calif.) three-star tight end Tyler Petite is the only committed player USC has going into this week’s practices. Petite flipped his commitment from Duke to USC Dec. 12.

The Trojans did end up landing commitments from Under Armour All-Americans Adoree Jackson and Juju Smith last year, however, and USC could strike gold again Jan. 2.

McKinney (Texas) four-star running back Ronald Jones will be making his commitment public live on ESPN - choosing between USC and Notre Dame. Jones officially visited USC Dec. 5 when he was still committed to Oklahoma State. Since then, Jones de-committed from the Cowboys and officially visited Notre Dame.

Under Armour USC Commits
Black No. 8 Tyler Petite
Two other big uncommitted targets for USC are Gardena (Calif.) Serra five-star linebacker John Houston and Long Beach (Calif.) Poly five-star cornerback Iman Marshall. Houston will join Rasheem Green for an official visit to USC Jan. 17. Marshall maintains that he will not officially visit USC, but he will be back on campus unofficially at some point in January. Both Houston and Marshall will make signing day decisions on a college.

USC is also still recruiting Hogansville (Ga.) five-star cornerback Terry Godwin and Missouri City (Texas) five-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield. Godwin is currently committed to Georgia, while rumors persist Sheffield has eliminated USC as a choice. The Under Amour All-American teams are not broken up regionally, so Godwin and Sheffield will both play for team Highlight, the white team.

Under Armour USC Targets
White No. 1 Roquan Smith White No. 2 Terry Godwin White No. 8 Iman Marshall
Black No. 10 Chris Clark Black No. 18 DeMarkus Lodge White No. 24 Ronald Jones II
USC also isn’t giving up on Avon (Conn.) five-star tight end Chris Clark, who after the commitment of Tyler Petite, said he would drop the Trojans for consideration. Clark had originally set up an official visit to USC for Jan. 17, and the Trojans coaching staff is still in talks with him about maintaining that trip.

The Under Armour rosters also have some longest of long shot prospects like Cedar Hill (Texas) wide receiver DeMarkus Lodge. Although Lodge officially visited USC after de-committing from Texas A&M, he will most likely stay in the Big 12 or SEC region for college. Masnassas (Va.) four-star defensive tackle Tim Settle also officially visited USC last fall. Settle will announce a commitment at the game Jan. 2, but as of now, it does not appear that the Trojans are in the running for his signature.

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