We wanted one QB in this class and got a good one in Rocky Hinds. Rocky was hurt this past season but he is an excellent athlete and if he had the chance to play this year and earn the accolades he could have been considered a top 5 national QB.
It would have been nice to get a top RB but with so many talented young runners on the team it certainly wasn't a priority. We took a run at Adrian Peterson and came closer to getting him than most Sooners would want to think but in the end he stuck with his commitment to Oklahoma.
All you can say is wow when looking at this wide receiver class. With a pair of out of state commitments in Dwayne Jarrett and Fred Davis, who technically enrolled early and isn't part of the class, the Trojans will add two 6-5 receivers who were both considered among the top in the nation. We also scored locally with speed burner Derrick Jones and talented athlete Michael Stuart who could easily end up playing tight end or on defense. Any way you look at it this is a very good receiver class that will give Norm Chow plenty of weapons in the years to come.
The coaches wanted to add two tight ends in this class and we got a commitment from one in Dale Thompson, a terrific prospect, and other verbals who could see time at this spot are Stuart or his Westlake HS teammate Jimmy Miller. Miller will begin his career on the defensive side of the ball.
One of the keys to each recruiting class is the offensive line and this is a terrific group. Led by the top high school lineman, Jeff Byers, and the top JC lineman, Taitusi Latui, the offensive line class also includes Alatini Malu, a JC guard who is already enrolled, Chilo Rachal and Thomas Herring, a talented athlete who will likely begin his career on the d-line but who has unlimited potential as an OT. We also get the benefit of Travis Draper enrolling this spring, a class of 2003 signee who didn't qualify and sat out last fall.
The top defensive lineman on the wish list was Jeff Schweiger and he will be a Trojan. Jeff has tremendous speed as a pass rusher and he could compete for playing time immediately next season at the end spot. Lawrence Miles and Eugene Germany will likely be headed to tackle and Jimmy Miller will begin his career on the line as well. We missed out on a couple national guys such as Marlon Favorite or Rhyan Anderson who both had USC among their final group but with Schweiger heading the way this is a very solid group on the line.
This was a position of need for this class and the coaches went out and got the top high school backer on the wish list as well as the top junior college guy. Keith Rivers comes from Florida as the prototype linebacker for the Pete Carroll system. To tell you what the USC coaches think of Keith he has already been assigned jersey #55. Powdrell played at Saddleback College the past two seasons and was known for his size (245 lbs) and good speed (4.6). Look for both of these guys to contribute immediately next season in the linebacker rotation.
If there is a hole in this class it is the lack of a true corner. The Trojans tried to bring in Ted Ginn from Ohio but he stayed with the home team. After looking at a couple other prospects the USC staff decided to wait before making any other offers. At safety we should see Scott Ware earn playing time right away next fall. Ware is a JC strong safety who had hoped to enroll for spring but we wont see him until next fall. Ware is a big time hitter. Josh Pinkard is an athlete who also knows how to hit.