May recruiting preview

The month of May is annually an important time for recruiting as college coaches are allowed to go on the road to evaluate junior prospects for the first time. The Trojan staff will get started over the weekend and here is a list of some of the top players they will be looking at.


The ideal situation is to take one quarterback in every class but the quarterback spot is certainly not a position of major need in this class. If we can get a top quarterback like Tim Tebow (photo) then you certainly take him and the Trojans are making a run at the Florida signal-caller. Right now Tim says he is open to considering any school and with over 35 offers from top programs around the country he will definitely have his choice. Tim threw for a state record 4,286 yards last season along with 46 TD's while also rushing for 1,266 yards and 24 TD's on the ground. Garrett Green is an excellent athlete who led his team to an undefeated CIF title last season (along with USC signee Cary Harris) but at this point the primary interest in Garrett for the Trojans would likely be at safety. Green is a good athlete who is a cousin of Brandon Hance. Schwartz is another good athlete (10.9 speed) who would likely be targeted for a position switch.

QB Tim Tebow Nease HS, FL 6-3, 225
QB/DB Garrett Green Notre Dame HS 6-1, 190
QB/DB Grant Schwartz Dana Hills HS 6-0, 190

Running Back

This could be the primary position of need in this class as we will look to get at least one, if not two, of the premier runners in the country. Fortunately for the Trojans this is a deep year for running backs with several who are interested in USC. In our own backyard two of the best are C.J. Gable (photo) and Stafon Johnson. Gable rushed for over 2,000 yards last year with 27 TD's while adding 80 tackles and five picks on defense. He is being recruited as much for safety as at linebacker with a playing style that is similar to former USC star Justin Fargas. Johnson put up over 1,800 yards with 18 TD's while also playing a physical safety spot (26 tackles, 3 picks). James is the cousin of Indianapolis Colts star Edgerrin James and Javarris (who is called "Baby J") will choose from USC and Miami. Javarris led his team to the 2A state title last year. Texas A&M is the early favorite for Michael Goodson but he's the type of talented player that the Trojan coaches will continue to recruit because he is that good. LeSean McCoy put up big numbers last season with 2,835 yards and 40 TD's. He's quick with great cutting ability and vision. Moncell Allen has an offer from Ed Orgeron and Ole Miss. Donald Butler rushed for over 1,500 yards last year with 21 TD's.

RB/DB C.J. Gable Sylmar HS 6-1, 190
RB Stafon Johnson Dorsey HS 6-0, 205
RB Javarris James Immokalee HS, FL 6-1, 205
RB Michael Goodson Klein, TX 6-0, 195
RB LeSean McCoy Bishop McDevitt HS, PA 5-10, 206
RB Moncell Allen Holy Cross HS, LA 5-9, 215
RB/LB Donald Butler Del Campo HS 6-0, 200
RB/LB Toby Gerhart Norco HS 5-11, 215
RB/DB Rodney Glass Notre Dame HS 5-10, 170
RB Andre Harris Taft HS 6-0, 225
RB Chane Moline Mission Viejo HS 6-0, 240
RB James Montgomery Rancho Cordova HS 5-9, 190
RB DeMarco Murray Bishop Gorman HS 6-0, 190
RB Charles Scott Jonesboro-Hodge HS, LA 6-1, 215
RB Tracy Slocum Clovis East HS 5-10, 195
RB/LB Demetrius Sumler University HS 5-11, 205
RB Kenton Thomas Greenway HS, AZ 6-1, 190
RB Dominic Williams Aragon HS 6-2, 210
RB Mon Williams Horn HS, TX 6-0, 190
RB Davon Brown South Torrance 5-11, 185

Wide Receiver

The top two receivers on the wish list offer contrasting styles with one tall, lanky recruit in David Ausberry (photo) and a shorter, speedy prospect in Percy Harvin. Both are considered elite players although Ausberry didn't put up big numbers as a junior while battling an ankle sprain. He did set a school record for receiving yards as a sophomore and notched 10 TD catches that year as well. Like other big USC receivers such as Mike Williams and Dwayne Jarrett, one of the things Ausberry is known for is his ability to go up and get the ball like a rebounder. Harvin is primarily a speed guy (sub 4.4) and he had 32 total touchdowns last season while also compiling ten picks on defense. Baskin is another tall receiver and he has expressed a lot of interest in the Trojans. Terrence Austin is the latest in a long string of Poly receivers and he is also known for his speed, good hands and crisp routes. Isaiah Burel is also a good route runner and last year he had 27 catches for 371 yards with 5 TD's and 3 picks on defense). Jamere Holland is one of the fastest players in the state and he won the 100 meter race at the prestigious Arcadia track meet with a 10.52 mark (he ran a 10.4 earlier in the year).

WR David Ausberry Lemoore HS 6-4, 210
WR Percy Harvin Landstown HS, VA 5-11, 185
WR Terrence Austin LB Poly HS 5-10, 170
WR Andrey Baskin Wilson HS, NJ 6-4, 200
WR/DB Isaiah Burel Redlands East Valley HS 6-1, 175
WR Stephen Carr Eastlake HS 6-2, 200
WR DeLaShaun Dean Fairfield HS 6-3, 190
WR Jamere Holland Taft HS 6-1, 175
WR Daniel Lofton Westview HS 6-1, 190
WR Ray Magee Valencia HS 6-4, 190
WR Leiylon Myers Lynwood HS 6-0, 200
WR Menelik Holt St Augustine HS 6-4, 205
WR Maurice Purify CCSF 6-5, 200
WR Anthony Houston Mission Bay HS 6-4, 195
WR Chris Bell Granby HS, VA 6-3, 205
WR Travon Patterson LB Poly 5-9, 160

Tight End

Konrad Reuland (photo) is a terrific athlete who has only been playing football for two years. He's a former basketball player who has good footwork, terrific hands and by the end of last season he had become a favorite target for USC signee Mark Sanchez at Mission Viejo. Reuland attended a Trojan spring ball practice recently and came away with a positive impression of the visit. Ward is a big, physical guy who is known primarily as a great blocker. Yeatman was one of the more physically imposing players we saw at the USC Junior Day as he is simply a large man. Byham notched 45 catches last season with nine touchdowns and he has good speed.

TE Konrad Reuland Mission Viejo HS 6-6, 235
TE Naderris Ward McClymonds HS 6-2, 245
TE Will Yeatman Rancho Bernardo HS 6-6, 255
TE Nate Byham Franklin HS, PA 6-4, 220
TE Brandon Warren Alcoa HS, TN 6-4, 235
TE/WR Jermaine Gresham Ardmore HS, OK 6-6, 225
TE Dedrick Epps Hugeunot HS, VA 6-4, 225
WR/TE Anthony McCoy Bullard HS 6-4, 235

Offensive Line

One of the elite offensive linemen in the country, and certainly the top on the West Coast, heads up the Trojan OL wish list right now in Steve Schilling (photo). We need to bring in multiple offensive linemen in this class and with his dominant run blocking skills and athleticism (he was the leading scorer on the basketball team), Schilling makes an excellent prospect. He also has a 3.7 GPA and has played on two straight state title teams. Sam Young has tremendous size with a 6-7 frame and he combines that with good footwork (80 pancake blocks last season). This doesn't appear to be a great year for depth at the position in California but the top prospects being considered right now are Parish, Mafoe, Hayes and Pope. Andre Smith from Alabama is one of the elite recruits in the country and he has relatives in Southern California.

OL Steve Schilling Bellevue HS, WA 6-4, 285
OL Sam Young St Thomas Aquinas HS, FL 6-7, 280
OL/DL Daniel Mafoe Carson HS 6-3, 320
OL/DL Frankie Parish Vanden HS 6-6, 260
OL/DL Cody Pope University HS 6-5, 270
OL Charles Deas Anderson HS, FL 6-4, 315
OL Carl Johnson Southern HS, NC 6-6, 330
OL Clifton Geathers Carvers' Bay, SC 6-7, 280
OL Andre Smith Huffman (AL) 6-4, 300
OL Jovon Hayes Dorsey HS 6-2, 320
OL J.B. Walton Lackey, MD 6-3, 270

Defensive Line

As always the defensive line will be a top priority and the good news is that there are plenty of prospects available both inside and outside. Keith Browner is a defensive end who is a Trojan legacy (father Keith and uncle Joey both played for USC) and he is a good athlete who says he has always pictured himself wearing the Cardinal and Gold. Last season Keith had 48 tackles and 14 sacks. Adrian Clayborn is an extremely physical hitter who had 78 tackles last season at linebacker although he projects as a defensive end in college. Adrian hopes to attend the USC summer camp and he says there is a high likelihood he would commit if theTrojans were to offer. Levirt Griffin (photo) jumped out in the spring of 2004 with a solid performance at the USC lineman camp and he's a 4.0 student who has received offers lately from Cal and Stanford among others. One of the top inside players is Corey Hobbs, a solid 3.8 student who notched 29 tackles in only four games last year (broken foot, hurricane). Hobbs is known to have a great motor. Tim High says he is focused on playing for the Trojans and he has tremendous speed (5.0) and lateral quickness for a 300 pound man. Al Woods has offers from some of the top schools in the country and he says he "likes everything about USC."

DL Keith Browner Dorsey HS 6-4, 220
DL Adrian Clayborn Webster Groves, MO 6-3, 260
DL Corey Hobbs Oviedo HS, FL 6-5, 310
DL Levirt Griffin Modesto HS 6-2, 235
DL Tim High Narbonne HS 6-2, 300
DL Al Woods Elton, LA 6-3, 315
DL Derrick Hill McClymonds HS 6-1, 260
DL Jonathan Hollins Redemptorist Sr. HS, LA 6-4, 240
DL Josh Holmes Pt. Loma HS 6-3, 260
DL Devin Johnson Rancho Cucamonga HS 6-3, 210
DL Eddie Jones Kilgore, TX 6-3, 225
DL Sione Fua Crespi HS 6-1, 290
DL DeShon Matthews Elk Grove HS 6-4, 250
DL Toby Turpin Los Alamitos HS 6-4, 245
DL Tobi Umodu South Hills HS 5-11, 220
DL A.J. Simmons Bishop O'Dowd HS 6-4, 240
DL Marcus Yarbrough Eastlake HS 6-2, 250
DL Robert Rose Glenville HS, OH 6-4, 240
DL Jeff Miller Westlake 6-5, 240


With four incoming recruits next fall it stands to reason that linebacker will not be a major priority this year in terms of depth but there are some excellent athletes available to fill the open spots in this class. Allen Bradford (photo) is not only the top linebacker in California but he might end up being the top player in the state as well. Allen was recently named the MVP of the Nike Camp held at USC and his coach says he is the best player he has seen in 26 years of coaching high school football. Micah Johnson is a multi-talented athlete (173 tackles on defense, over 1,200 rushing yards on offense) who could end up at LB, DT or FB. He had a chance meeting with Alex Holmes in an airport and says he was impressed with what he heard about USC.

LB Allen Bradford Colton HS 6-0, 220
LB Micah Johnson Ft. Campbell, KY 6-2, 245
LB Joshua Tatum McClymonds HS 6-0, 210
LB Jonathan Cornell Bishop Amat HS 6-0, 210
LB Major Culbert Narbonne 6-0, 195
LB Travis Goethel Vista HS 6-3, 220
LB Jamarr Robinson Fairfield HS 6-3, 240
LB Marcus Ball Stephenson HS, GA 6-0, 220
LB Dwight Roberson St Bonaventure 6-2, 205
LB Spencer Paysinger (Beverly Hills) 6-3, 200
LB Mark Johnson (Dorsey) 6-2, 215
LB Devohn Moutra (Gardena) 6-2, 220
LB Jurray Casey (LB Poly) 6-2, 205

Defensive Back

There are several top safeties around the country this year and the Trojans are in on many of them. At the top of the wish list are four names; Taylor Mays, Jonas Mouton (photo), Jamar Hornsby and Antwine Perez. Mays took an unofficial visit to USC earlier this spring and he was impressed with the team chemistry of the Trojans. Taylor had 89 tackles and 5 picks last year. Mouton is a big hitter who grew up in the South so there is some family pressure to go to a school like LSU but Jonas has a playing style that would fit perfectly at USC and the Trojans should be in it at the end. As a junior Jonas had 88 tackles and six interceptions. Hornsby has great height and is athletic enough to be recruited as a receiver by some schools although his likely college destination is at safety. Pete Carroll has always liked having former QB's at other spots because he says they usually have a good understanding of the game, Perez threw for 1,700 yards with 18 TD's last season but he's known more as a safety with 55 tackles and seven picks. There are several good corners to watch for in the state of California this year with Bobby Guillory, Darian Hagan, Yul Hawkins and Tyreace House. All have very good speed.

DB Taylor Mays O'Dea HS, WA 6-3, 210
DB Jonas Mouton Venice HS 6-2, 210
DB Antwine Perez Wilson HS, NJ 6-2, 200
DB Jamar Hornsby Sandalwood HS, FL 6-4, 195
DB Trevonne Tytus Narbonne HS 5-9, 180
DB Wes Davis Steele Canyon HS 6-1, 180
DB Brandon Caleb Fork Union Military Academy, VA 6-1, 195
DB Bobby Guillory Bethel HS 5-11, 175
DB Darian Hagan Crenshaw HS 5-11, 175
DB Yul Hawkins Centennial HS, CA 5-11, 175
DB Tyreace House Palmdale HS 5-9, 160
DB/RB Clifford Ross Paramount HS 6-0, 195
DB Devin Ross Rancho Cucamonga HS 5-11, 180
DB Ray Small Glenville, OH 6-0, 185
DB Jamathan Ingram-Lyle Boulder HS, CO 6-0, 170
DB A.J. Wallace McDonough HS, MD 6-1, 195
DB DeAndre McDaniel Godby HS, FL 6-0, 180
DB Vincent Joseph, DB, LB Poly 5-11, 180
DB Hilton Dawson (Dominguez) 6-0, 180
DB Andre Crenshaw (Antelope Valley) 5-10, 175

Special Teams

It remains to be seen if we will take a kicker but, if we do, Forbath is one of the best in the country.

K Kai Forbath Notre Dame HS 5-11, 195
P Kyle Peterson South Hills HS 6-3, 200 Top Stories