USC football week in review

It was a good week for the Trojans with verbal commitments from two recruits as well as a solid showing in the first scrimmage situation since the regular season finale victory over the Bruins.

Brandon Hancock had long been rumored as a silent verbal commit to the Trojans but nothing was official until last week when Brandon ended the speculation and announced that he would be a Trojan. Hancock is a mammoth 6'2", 240 bruiser who is scheduled to play fullback and he is taking 10 classes this fall semester in order to graduate high school early and enroll at USC in time to participate during spring practice drills. He gained 1,593 all-purpose yards and scored 14 touchdowns this season, the first time he played fullback in his football career. Brandon put together an outstanding performance at the Nike Camp (4.49 40, 39"vert) which showcased his amazing combination of strength and athletic ability and he also carries a 4.0 GPA and chose the Trojans over Stanford.

Cornerback is a major position of need for this class and the coaches got a commitment from the top JC corner on their wish list in Ronnie Nunn from City College of San Francisco. Nunn is a 5'11", 185 lb corner who prepped at St Francis HS in Mt. View with current Trojan Grant Mattos. In the JC state championship game last weekend Nunn had 3 tackles, 1 interception and 1 sack as the Rams captured the state title.

Trojan verbal commit WR Chris McFoy led his Chino team to the CIF Div 2 finals this past weekend where they fell to Mission Viejo who was led by QB Jordan Palmer, the younger brother of Carson. There were also impressive performances in the Div 1 title game from Hershel Dennis and Darnell Bing from Long Beach Poly as well as junior QB Tommy Grady from Edison.

On the practice field, the Trojans continued their preparations for the Las Vegas Bowl with a scrimmage on Sunday before the players take time off for finals this week. Matt Leinart and Chad Pierson received praise from the coaches for their play on the day. Kris Richard (flu), Keary Colbert (ankles) and Chris Cash (kneecap) sat out with injuries although Cash will start running on Wednesday. Shaun Cody will be out until later this week while Norm Katnik had an MRI last week but both are expected to play in the game. The coaches hosted recruits Isaiah Stanback, Chris Turner and Jake Kuresa this weekend. Matt Cassel was approached about taking more snaps at H back.


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