The victory over the Bruins couldn't have been much sweeter and one of the key things for the coaches will be to see how they take the momentum from that big win and translate it into the recruiting race. There are several players who are looking at both schools and, while one game rarely will have a major impact on a players decision, the dynamics of recruiting this year between the LA schools changed on November 17th and the time is now for the Trojan coaches to take advantage of the situation.
At the top of the list for a potential impact is the running back spot where the top two players on the Trojan wish list are actively considering both schools and there is plenty of information and misinformation swirling these days about which way each player might be leaning. Lorenzo Booker will choose between USC, Florida State and UCLA with recent interviews giving the impression that he could end up at any one of the three schools. The Trojans chances are still as good as any for Booker and this is likely a decision that will not be made until somewhere closer to signing day. Hershel Dennis appears to be a battle between USC, UCLA and Washington with the latest news coming out that Dennis skipped the annual USC vs UCLA game but one person close to Hershel said not to read too much into that because there is the strong likelihood that he will end up at one of the LA schools. There are a couple other big backs from out of state that the coaches will keep an eye on at TB while Brandon Hancock remains the top choice at fullback. Hancock is still publicly deciding between USC and Stanford with the Trojans seemingly holding a slight edge.
At quarterback, the Trojans will focus their attention on Gavin Dickey and if they get him, great, but if not we likely won't take a quarterback this year. All indications are that the Florida State offer as a QB won't automatically mean that Gavin will be a Seminole and the possibility of him being a Trojan would have a great impact on Tallahassee players CB Greg Threat, DB Pat Watkins and LB Edmond Miles.
The Trojans have a commitment from one WR in Chris McFoy and they would love to add two more to the class. Terry Richardson is at the top of the wish list with James Finley right behind him but the status of Brandon Browner is still up in the air due to qualifying concerns. The coaches would love to add an out of state guy such as Mike Williams or Chris Davis but it will be tough to get those players out of Florida. It remains to be seen if we will take a tight end but if the right guy became available the coaches would definitely like to bring one in.
On the offensive line the target list is short but sweet as the Trojans have a verbal commit from Chris Doyle and are considered the favorites for Winston Justice and Kyle Williams. Justice has wavered throughout the recruiting process between the Trojans and Bruins and the game this past weekend could be the swing vote that USC has been looking for to finalize his decision. Williams has the added incentive to play at USC with the fact that his family will soon be relocating to Southern California and Kyle is a big time tackle prospect. Albert Toeaina is one of two linemen in Northern California who are under strong consideration and the coaches will also take a trip to see two OL at Ricks College in Utah as they would love to add a JC player to the mix.
Another Trojan vs Bruin battle is being fought for Fred Matua and the big tackle was rumored recently to be leaning toward UCLA but at this point the pendulum could easily swing and bring USC back into the picture. Manuel Wright was having a great time in the Trojan locker room following the win on Saturday along with fellow Poly stars Justice and Darnell Bing. Wright and Bing both have qualifying concerns although they are expected to make it at this point. Wright is also looking at FSU and Miami while Bing will cast a glance at Washington and the Oregon schools. Ricky Parker is a player who has risen on the wish list with his terrific size and speed off the end and at this point the Trojans have done well recently with DL from Los Alamitos. Jake Kuresa and Chris Turner are the most likely candidates among the out of state linemen to end up at Troy (Kuresa could play on either side of the ball) and there is still a chance that a JC defensive end will come in as well.
At linebacker, the Trojans have received a verbal commit from Oscar Lua in the middle and if his speed is anywhere close to the 4.6 40 claimed by his coach then we've found ourselves a real steal. A JC player would be ideal and we like both Danny Urquhart and Lance Mitchell although Urquhart is taking a look at Oregon while there is concern about the possibility of Mitchell and fellow CCSF star Jibril Wilson (safety) being offered an easier path to enrollment at other conference schools.