Recruit Update: JC DB Nate Ness

During spring ball we talked about one of the visitors to a USC practice in El Camino College defensive back Nate Ness. Nate (6-1, 180) was a 3rd team JC All-American last season, he was also named 1st team All-State, and he is being considered for a spot on the Trojan roster this fall.

"We're just taking it slow," said Ness. "They said they don't have any scholarships right now but that might be changing depending on what happens with Eric Wright. Pete Carroll is planning to come to one of my practices this week and when I talked with Steve Sarkisian three days ago he just told me to be patient. That's OK with me, I'm a very patient man."

Ness played as a freshman last season and had 77 tackles, 7 interceptions, eight pass deflections and three defensive touchdowns. He is planning to return to El Camino in the fall unless he receives an offer from the Trojans and Ness has an extra incentive for wanting to wear the Cardinal and Gold.

"Without a doubt USC is where I want to play. My cousin is Darnell Bing and I've never had a chance to play with him or against him. My brother Owen played against Darnell in Pop Warner and Darnell pretty much ran all over him. Darnell grew up in Long Beach while I was in Gardena (Nate attended Gardena HS) so it never worked out for us to play together. It would be great for that to happen."

Nate played at free safety for El Camino last year but he has played corner in the past (he has 4.45 speed) and he realizes the primary need for USC is at corner right now.

"One of my strengths as a player is my ability to move around the field and read the quarterback. In high school I played all the secondary spots so I am familiar with playing corner. The SC coaches say they love my will to never give up on the field and that's the way I like to play."

We will stay in touch with Nate in the coming weeks to follow his potential recruitment. Top Stories