June recruiting update

The May evaluation period is over and the list of players who will be recruited by the Trojans is starting to become clearer. Click below for a look at some of the top prospects USC will be looking at for the Class of 2005:

Class of 2005 Recruiting Update


Mark Sanchez – Mission Viejo (CA) 6-2, 215
Ryan Perrilloux – East St. John (LA) 6-2, 205

Sanchez remains the top choice at quarterback, not only for the Trojans but for many schools across the country. His off-season performances at spring camps and combines have proven that he will be one of the elite recruits this year. USC still figures to be in the drivers seat but Texas, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Nebraska will all be in the hunt.


Maurice Wells – Sandalwood (FL) 5-9, 180
Marlon Lucky – North Hollywood (CA) 6-0, 200
George Hypolite – Loyola (CA) 6-2, 230
Kalvin Bailey – Armwood (FL) 5-11, 245
Prince Hall – Moreno Valley (CA) 6-0, 250

Wells is still claiming a top three of USC, Georgia Tech and Ohio State. The speedy back has visited the other two schools this summer and has connections to both (family in Columbus, OH and coaching connections between Tech and his HS team) but Maurice was impressed that USC called right away during the May evaluation and he's consistently included us on his short list….Hypolite is the top fullback on the wish list right now and it will likely come down to an SC vs UCLA battle.


Desean Jackson – LB Poly (CA) 5-10, 170
Derrick Williams – Roosevelt (MD) 6-0, 195
Patrick Turner – Goodpasture (TN) 6-5, 210
Fred Rouse – Lincoln (FL) 6-3, 185
Austin Usher – Jefferson (CA) 6-4, 205
David Gettis – Dorsey (CA) 6-3, 185

Jackson is the prime in-state target and the Trojans will also look out of state at top recruits such as Williams, Turner and Rouse….The speedy Gettis, who has won back to back state titles in the 400meters, plans to attend the USC summer camp later this month and a good showing would help the longtime Trojan fan in his efforts to earn a scholarship.


DajLeon Farr – North Shore (TX) 6-5, 235
Charles Brown – Diamond Ranch (CA) 6-6, 250
Edward Dickson – Bellflower (CA) 6-6, 215
James McKinney – Central (KY) 6-3, 275
Erik Lorig – Peninsula (CA) 6-3, 245

It will be interesting to see what happens at tight end. Farr and McKinney are national recruits who mention the Trojans among a long list of suitors but they haven't given an indication that they are leaning our way….Brown has the frame and skills to be a terrific offensive line prospect but for now he wants to be recruited as a tight end and that is where he will play this season.


Nick Howell – Bullard (CA) 6-5, 260
Dace Richardson – Warrensville South (IL) 6-6, 300
Rodney Picou – Canyon Springs (CA) 6-4, 295
Dan Doering – Barrington (IL) 6-6, 290

Nick Howell received an offer from Pete Carroll last week and the news was greeted with a lot of celebration in the Howell house. Nick, who is the son of former Trojan All-American Pat, will attend the Trojan camp at the end of the month….Dace Richardson is giving USC consideration and says he wants to take a summer unofficial visit to see if his SoCal memories still fit for him (Dace grew up in the San Fernando Valley).


Averell Spicer – Rancho Cucamonga (CA) 6-2, 265
Melvin Alaeze – Randallstown (MD) 6-2, 275
Ndamukong Suh – Grant (OR) 6-5, 275
Bernard Afutiti – Kaiser (CA) 6-1, 225
Ekom Udofia – Chapparal (AZ) 6-1, 290
Callahan Bright – Harriton (PA) 6-2, 315
Walker Ashley – Eden Prairie (MN) 6-5, 285

Spicer favors USC over a host of other top national schools and says the Trojans are recruiting him the hardest….Alaeze says the Trojans were his first offer and "they told me most schools don't have a player with my combination of size and speed playing DE"….Udofia has established himself as the top tackle prospect on the wish list and he will be in attendance at the USC summer camp later this month. Ekom is a thick player who favors USC over Miami and Stanford right now.


Luthur Brown – Lakewood (CA) 6-2, 225
Rey Muaulaga – Eureka (CA) 6-2, 240
Tray Blackmon – LaGrange (GA) 6-0, 195
Todd Cox – Harding (TN) 6-1, 195
B.J. Travers – Westlake (OH) 6-1, 235
Rashawn Jackson – St Peters (NJ) 6-2, 250
Neefy Moffett—Palm Bay (FL) 6-2, 225
Adrian McCovey – Lakewood (CA) 6-3, 215
Zack Follett – Clovis (CA) 6-2, 230
Kevin Ellison – Redondo (CA) 6-1, 215

Luthur Brown has risen to the top of the wish list with his intensity and he is joined by Rey Maualuga to form what would be one of the most dominant pair of in-state linebackers in recent years….Travers plays at the same school as the son of new QB coach Carl Smith so there is familiarity with the athletic player.


Justin King – Gateway (PA) 6-0, 180
Kevin Thomas – Rio Mesa (CA) 6-0, 175
Cary Harris – Notre Dame (CA) 6-0, 180
Robert Peele – Edison (CA) 5-11, 180
Darryl Crummie – Dominguez (CA) 5-10, 180
Brian Cushing – Bergen Catholic (NJ) 6-3, 225
Adam Myers-White – Hamilton (OH) 6-3, 190
Will Harris – Charter Oak (CA) 6-2, 185
C.J. Byrd—North Augusta (SC) 6-3, 185
Reggie Smith – Santa Fe (OK) 6-1, 195

Justin King is still planning to attend the Trojan camp and that will be a key opportunity for the USC coaches to show him how he would fit in at Troy. King is a physical, athletic corner and he's well aware of the success Carroll has with corners and the fact that we haven't recruited a corner in two years……Thomas continues to list USC as the leader ahead of Cal….Cushing and Myers-White are two out of state safety prospects who will strongly consider the Trojans. Cushing, who is very athletic for his size, plans to take an unofficial visit to USC this summer.


Troy Van Blarcom – Orange Lutheran (CA) 6-3, 200

Van Blarcom remains the only verbal commit to USC at this point…It's unclear if the Trojans will be taking a punter this year.


Michael Coleman – Arroyo Valley (CA) 6-0, 220
Leon Jackson – Pasco (WA) 6-3, 200

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