There are two quarterbacks in the mix to this point with Rocky Hinds and Matt Tuiasosopo. Rocky has been injured the entire season and is still claiming a top four of USC, UCLA, Washington and Notre Dame. He's been spending a lot of time at Trojan practice and is known to have serious interest. Matt has a top 3 of USC, UCLA and Washington with many assuming he is headed to the Huskies. Matt is not someone who would be afraid of the competition at USC but it would seem a longshot that he would sign with the Trojans.
The Trojans got a verbal from the fullback we wanted in Sekeli Faaeteete And that was an important commit. We might still take a tailback with the top options being Adrian Peterson, Darius Walker and Marshawn Lynch. None of those players are considered leans to the Trojans at this point although we will make a strong run at Peterson with the hopes of getting a visit. Current verbal Lamar Herron could get a look at running back.
We will look to bring in several more wide receivers as this is a position of need for this class. We've got one commitment in Michael Stuart and he's a tall, lanky receiver who is only scratching the surface of his potential. Dwayne Jarrett is one of the prize recruits on the East Coast and our coaches will make a visit this weekend to his game. Look for Dwayne to make a final choice from among USC, Iowa, Virginia, Pitt and Syracuse. Fred Davis took his trip to USC last weekend and told several players that he could see himself ending up a Trojan. That will come as a surprise to most Buckeye fans since many consider him a strong lean to Ohio State. There have been rumors that we were no longer recruiting Derrick Jones but those rumors were false and we are still actively involved with the speedy receiver from LB Poly. We also like Cameron Colvin from DeLaSalle and even though he has long listed Michigan as his leader the Trojans are now solidly among his top choices. Michael Bumpus is another option, he can also play corner, and he lists the Trojans as the top choice on his list right now along with Washington State. Kenny O'Neal is a speedster from Northern California and he could also get a look as a corner. Kenny Ingram from Florida has long listed the Trojans among his choices but lately seems to be favoring Florida and Miami.
We needed to get two tight ends in this class and we've got commitments from two top players. Jimmy Miller from Westlake has excellent size and is enough of an athlete that he could also star on the defensive line at the college level. Dale Thompson committed this week and his verbal should not be taken lightly as he could contribute early. Thompson is ranked among the top tight ends in the nation and he is known as an excellent blocker who also has great hands. He's a good enough blocker that if he continues to grow it's possible that he could end up on the OL. The Trojans are still recruiting Jaison Williams from Culver City as well.
With the verbal of Jeff Byers the Trojans have an outstanding offensive line class already and when you add Chilo Rachal and possibly Thomas Herring as well it makes it even better. Byers is the top ranked player in the nation for a reason and he has a great chance to start right away next season. Herring continues to deny a verbal commit but he is considered likely to end up a Trojan. Herring could also end up on the defensive side of the ball as well. We're no longer recruiting center Alex Fletcher, a Stanford verbal who had shown continuing interest in the Trojans.
We won't see as many DL in this class as we did last year but we still are in on the top guys we want. Jeff Schweiger is the #1 choice at defensive end and he is still claiming USC leads Oklahoma and Miami among others. He has long been considered a strong lean to the Trojans and there is nothing to indicate that has changed. Lawrence Miles has really come on this year as he's added weight and he's another priority on the line. Lawrence also lists USC as his top choice. Eugene Germany has a lot of size and there is serious interest from the Trojans but he is listing Michigan as his leader right now. Rhyan Anderson is another who is still receiving interest and he will also look at Florida and Miami. Marlon Favorite will trip to USC. Dumaka Atkins is a Florida defensive tackle who will visit USC in January.
A major position of need is linebacker and the Trojans received great news this weekend with the verbal from Ryan Powdrell. Ryan has excellent speed to go along with his 250 pound frame and he had offers from Oklahoma, Washington and Oregon. The clear cut top choice at the high school level is Keith Rivers. He's long been interested in the Trojans, he came to our summer camp, he has consistently talked up USC and he would be a perfect fit in the Pete Carroll defense. Keith is claiming that he wants to take his trips before announcing a decision but it wouldn't be a major surprise if he ends up a Trojan. Luke Sanders is a big time guy from Louisiana and he is considering LSU and USC although the Tigers will be tough to beat. Brandon Siler will choose from USC, Ohio State and Florida State. Marlin Simmons is a name familiar to Trojan fans, he is the brother of Melvin, and he is receiving interest from our coaches as is Hart running back/linebacker Dan Howell.
The corner spot might the top priority for this class but it's not a great year for corners. The good news is the Trojans are in on the guy who many consider the top corner in the country in Ted Ginn. There has been speculation that Ginn is a lock for the home state Buckeyes but he visited USC over the summer and will take an official visit in December. Another out of state athlete who is getting a lot of attention from the coaches is Marquise Liverpool from New Jersey. Marquise can star on the either side of the ball, he's also a wide receiver, and the Trojan coaches will watch his game this weekend. Terrail Lambert was rumored to have given a commit recently but he is saying there is no truth to those rumors and he is still considering Notre Dame and Florida State as well. One corner still being evaluated is Marty Tadman from Mission Viejo, an undersized player who is simply a football player and who would fit well as a Trojan. Patrick Gates, known primarily as a RB, could get a look as a corner. As far as safety, Randy Estes was the top choice at that spot but the news this week of his suspension from school leaves his future in doubt. We'll likely hear much more on his status in the coming weeks. We do have commitments so far from junior college star Scott Ware as well as Lamarr Herron. Josh Pinkard is a physical player who is also looking at Washington State. We're looking at another JC player in Dashon Goldson from Coffeyville.
It remains to be seen if there will be a scholarship available for a kicker, if not we could see a walk-on in this spot. Among the players being considered are Juan Gamboa and Brooks Rossman.