Trojan recruiting update

The Trojans are coming off an extremely successful recruiting weekend as the Class of 2004 becomes more clear with each passing week. With the announced verbals from Bumpus and Pinkard the number of available rides is shrinking and the coaches will have to narrow their priority list even more. Here is a position by position look at our recruiting status:

QB

There are a lot of indications that Rocky Hinds will be a Trojan, especially with the verbal this weekend of his good friend Michael Bumpus. Hinds is playing things close to the vest publicly but most observers believe he will end up in Cardinal and Gold. Matt Tuiasosopo is still showing interest in USC.

RB

Adrian Peterson will decide primarily between Oklahoma and USC with the Trojans gaining ground in recent weeks. Peterson had a good visit with the Sooners this past weekend and they remain the leader for his services. Darius Walker is scheduled for a visit in January but he would be considered a longshot at this point to end up a Trojan. Sekeli Faaeteete is a commit who could play either fullback or linebacker.

WR

There are so many talented wide receivers on the wish list and the Trojans could load up at this position with the possibility that some guys could play other spots as well. We have verbals so far from Michael Stuart and Michael Bumpus. Other targets include Dwayne Jarrett, Fred Davis, Cameron Colvin, Derrick Jones and Delanie Walker. Jarrett and Jones have been rumored as Trojan commits but neither player has gone public with a verbal. Davis is still down to the home state Buckeyes and USC although the fact that he called the Trojan coaches on the way to his Ohio State visit has to be considered a good sign that we're still in it. Colvin will decide between USC, Miami and Michigan. Walker is a junior college star who is a verbal to ASU but he is open to the recent interest from the Trojans. Kenny O'Neal is a possibility but he appears to be a strong lean to Georgia.

TE

We needed two tight ends in this class and we got them in Dale Thompson and Jimmy Miller. Both are big, physical guys who can move well.

OL

Jeff Byers is a Trojan commit and that alone makes this a successful offensive line class. We also have a commitment from Chilo Rachal and the pending return this spring of Travis Draper and Fili Moala. There have been reports of a verbal from Thomas Herring although he denies them and is still taking trips. Herring could also end up on the defensive line. USC has picked up their recruitment in recent weeks with junior college tackle Taitusi Lutui. Known as "Deuce", Lutui is a very large man who has surprisingly good feet and he is also considering Nebraska and BYU.

DL

We have a commitment so far from Lawrence Miles and there are a lot of indications that Jeff Schweiger will follow in the coming weeks. Miles is scheduled to play defensive tackle while Schweiger is the top end on the wish list. Ed Orgeron spent time in Louisiana last week to continue recruiting Marlon Favorite. Others from the south who are still possibilities include Dumaka Atkins and Lance Louis while Eugene Germany and Rhyan Anderson are still in the mix as well. Jon Turner is scheduled to return and he would be on the d-line.

LB

It remains to be seen if Keith Rivers is going to confirm a Trojan commit, several players who were on the visit with him this weekend claimed he gave a verbal, and if the Trojans could add Rivers as a verbal to go along with Ryan Powdrell it would have to be considered a successful class at a key area of need. The coaches are still showing interest in Anthony Vernaglia although Anthony is still saying he is a solid ND commit. We could end up bringing in Rashaad Goodrum for the middle backer spot.

DB

The top corner in the country was on campus for an official visit this weekend and our coaches gave it their best shot. Now all we can do is wait to see if the trip had an impact on Ted Ginn and if it was enough to get him away from Ohio State. We had a visit recently from Tony Carter out of Florida but he is leaning to the Seminoles. Marty Tadman is still a possibility as well. At safety, the verbal this weekend from Josh Pinkard gives us our top high school strong safety to go along with Scott Ware, the top junior college strong safety on the wish list. We also have a verbal from Lamar Herron and he could end up at a number of different positions. There is a chance we could add Dashon Goldson who will decide between the Trojans and Washington.

K

The Trojans could end up taking a walk-on kicker with Juan Gamboa and Brooks Rossman being the most likely candidates.


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