Patience needed for Trojans

Recruiting is heading into the crazy time of the year all over the country but for the Trojans there doesn't seem to be a whole lot happening right now. It's been over a week since our most recent verbal, and that was a good one in Jeff Schweiger, but things are expected to pick up soon with the pending announcement from Keith Rivers and a big recruiting weekend coming up.

Recruiting is heading into the crazy time of the year all over the country but for the Trojans there doesn't seem to be a whole lot happening right now. It's been over a week since our most recent verbal, and that was a good one in Jeff Schweiger, but things are expected to pick up soon with the pending announcement from Keith Rivers and a big recruiting weekend coming up.

Rivers took his visit to Florida this weekend and he faced a great deal of local pressure from the local school but, even with that being said, it would be a surprise if Keith doesn't make a public verbal to the Trojans. There are some kids who change their commitments and it's not a surprise but in this case it would be.

At no spot are the Trojans being forced to wait more than at wide receiver where no fewer than four top prospects, and one junior college possibility, are still up in the air. Fred Davis, the speedy receiver from Ohio who has continued to show a major interest in being a part of the Trojan passing offense, was also on that Florida visit with Rivers and we could see a decision from him as well in the near future. Davis has been genuinely torn between several schools, USC, Miami and the hometown Buckeyes, and he really could end up at any of the three schools. The good news for the Trojans is his interest in the USC offense because of the opportunity to be the next Mike Williams. We also wait for Cameron Colvin and Dwayne Jarrett to make their decisions. Colvin is determined to make all his trips, he will visit USC this weekend and Miami the week after that. He has already been to Michigan, the other team in his top 3. The Trojans have long been considered the prohibitive favorite for Jarrett but the Virginia rumors will continue until he makes a final announcement. Derrick Jones is still saying he won't take a trip to SC although the Trojans are his strong leader. Delanie Walker is a talent at the JC level who has given a verbal to ASU but who could get a longer look from the Trojans depending on his academic status.

This upcoming weekend will be a vital one for the Trojan coaches to make an impact with several of the top remaining recruits on the wish list. Quarterback Rocky Hinds will be a primary target and it would really be a major surprise if Rocky doesn't give a verbal sometime soon to the Trojans. There will be players who have already given verbals such as Lawrence Miles and Jimmy Miller as well as uncommitted guys like Marlon Favorite and Colvin. The recruits are scheduled for the traditional visit to Papadakis Taverna on Saturday night and that seems to have been a lucky spot for the Trojans on recent trips. We'll be providing more information on the recruits who are expected as the week goes along.

It's one of the problems faced by the Trojans in recent years by going after many players who are ranked among the top in the country. As a rule in recruiting it seems as if the higher ranked players often wait longer while taking all their trips before making a final decision. For many of these guys there is not the concern that a scholarship may not be available for them if they wait too long. For a coach it is a gamble to not panic and take a lower ranked player just to insure a recruit at a particular spot. The Trojans have 14 public verbals right now and there is speculation that many of the remaining spots in this class have already been privately taken by some of those very same highly ranked players who are now being wined and dined by other schools. For Pete Carroll he must continue to stay on top of the situation with those players to make sure there isn't a late change of heart while continuing to recruit those who are still uncommitted. It's a process that Carroll seems to love and if the Trojans can close in the right way they will add the top ranked recruiting class to the AP national championship they just won.


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