July recruiting update

Well, the camps are over and the coaches are officially headed on vacation so now is the time to sit back and take a look at where we are for recruiting with the Class of 2006. So far the USC Trojans have received two verbal commitments (TE Gerald Washington from Chaffey College and OL Zack Heberer from San Pedro) while the coaches continue to focus in on the players they believe will be the primary targets to fill out the rest of the class. Click below to read more:

Quarterback

With the departure of Rocky Hinds it now becomes even more important to get a QB in this class. There are currently two QB's at the top of the wish list in Tim Tebow and Jake Locker although Locker is also being considered as a defensive back. Both players are terrific athletes who also star on the baseball diamond and they are known for being savvy with good instincts for the game. In other words, both sound like ideal Trojan football players.

Tim Tebow Nease HS, FL 6-3, 225
Jake Locker Ferndale HS, WA 6-2, 210

Running Back

Possibly the top priority in this class is bringing in a pair of big-time runners. The rumors have been circulating for weeks around Michael Goodson after he had a positive trip to USC and announced that he would be making his college choice soon (first week of July is the expected time period). The Trojans are in a solid position right now for Michael. Stafon Johnson heads the list of in-state backs while other out-of-state backs with offers include Marcus Sims, DeMarco Murray, LeSean McCoy, C.J. Spiller and Charles Scott. In terms of fullback, Micah Johnson is one player being considered but at this point he isn't listing the Trojans among his top choices. We've also offered Chane Moline amid rampant speculation that he will eventually join his brothers in Westwood. Don't be surprised if others such as Demetrius Sumler or Toby Gerhart begin to receive more interest for this spot.

Michael Goodson Klein, TX 6-0, 195
Stafon Johnson Dorsey HS 6-0, 205
DeMarco Murray Bishop Gorman HS 6-0, 190
LeSean McCoy Bishop McDevitt HS, PA 5-10, 206
Charles Scott Jonesboro-Hodge HS, LA 6-1, 215
Marcus Sims North Florida Christian HS, FL 6-2, 220
C.J. Spiller Union County HS, FL 5-10, 185
Moncell Allen Holy Cross HS, LA 5-9, 215
Kevin Collier Churchville-Chili HS, NY 5-10, 190
Andre Harris Taft HS 6-0, 225
Javarris James Immokalee HS, FL 6-1, 210
Tracy Slocum Clovis East HS 5-10, 195
Dominic Williams Aragon HS 6-2, 210

Micah Johnson Ft. Campbell, KY 6-2, 245
Chane Moline Mission Viejo HS 6-0, 240
Toby Gerhart Norco HS 5-11, 215
Demtrius Sumler University HS 5-11, 205

Wide Receiver

The two names at the top of the receiver wish list remain unchanged as David Ausberry and Percy Harvin are the primary targets at this position. The two offer contrasting styles with Ausberry being the tall and lanky player in the Jarrett/Turner mold while Harvin is the speedy guy with quick moves. Jamar Hornsby is a talent who could also end up at safety. DeAndre McDaniel and Vidal Hazelton are two other out-of-state options while Terrence Austin is an in-state guy receiving serious consideration.

David Ausberry Lemoore HS 6-4, 215
Percy Harvin Landstown HS, VA 5-11, 185
Terrence Austin LB Poly HS 5-10, 170
DeAndre McDaniel Godby HS, FL 6-0, 180
Vidal Hazelton Moore Catholic HS, NY 6-4, 200
Maurice Purify CCSF 6-5, 200
Ray Magee Valencia HS 6-4, 190
Trevon Patterson LB Poly 5-9, 160
Jamere Holland Taft HS 6-1, 175

Tight End

With the verbal from Washington, a relative unknown with limited experience and huge upside, the Trojans would like to also bring in one prep tight end and they have honed in on two of the best in the country in Konrad Reuland and Nate Byham. Reuland could end up being a USC vs UCLA battle.

Gerald Washington Chaffey College 6-6, 250
Konrad Reuland Mission Viejo HS 6-6, 235
Nate Byham Franklin HS, PA 6-4, 220
Naderris Ward McClymonds HS 6-2, 245
Rob Overton Moreau Catholic HS 6-4, 225
Justin Thompson Westchester HS 6-3, 250

Offensive Line

After taking only one offensive lineman last year it's vital that we take several in this class and we got off to a good start with the verbal from Heberer. Zack is a big and agile athlete who moves well and he should be a solid addition at the tackle spot. The recruiting attention for the remaining spots now turns to some of the top out of state recruits in the nation such as Steve Schilling, Andre Smith, Sam Young and Butch Lewis. All are considered blue chip prospects and likely won't be making a decision anytime soon.

Zack Heberer San Pedro HS 6-4, 275
Steve Schilling Bellevue HS, WA 6-4, 285
Sam Young St Thomas Aquinas HS, FL 6-7, 280
Butch Lewis Regis HS, CO 6-5, 280
Andre Smith Huffman HS, AL 6-4, 300
Will Yeatman Rancho Bernardo HS 6-6, 255
Cody Pope University HS 6-5, 270
Jovon Hayes Dorsey HS 6-2, 320
A.J. Simmons Bishop O'Dowd HS 6-4, 240

Defensive Line

There seems to be a lot of choices right now at the tackle spot while things are still up in the air at end. On the inside, a pair of Orange County recruits head the list in Gabe Long and Alex Parsons. Long was hopeful to arrive at USC in the fall but due to academic issues he now looks to enter in spring. Parsons can also play end and he earned his offer with an impressive performance at the recent USC line camp. Out of state options include Gerald McCoy, Lamarr Houston and Maurice Evans while other in-state possibilities include Derrick Hill, Matangi Tonga, Toby Turpin and Derek Simmons. As far as defensive end goes, the top target right now is JC star Louis Holmes, a raw physical specimen with a lot of upside. Brandon Antwine and Keith Browner will continue to get looks as will a pair of players better known as linebackers in Mark Johnson and Travis Goethel.

Alex Parsons Woodbridge HS 6-5, 250
Gabe Long Fullerton College 6-4, 275
Gerald McCoy Southeast HS, OK 6-4, 280
Lamarr Houston Doherty HS, CO 6-2, 260
Maurice Evans Christ the King HS, NY 6-3, 250
Derrick Hill McClymonds HS 6-1, 260
Matangi Tonga Aragon HS 6-2, 260
Derek Simmons Armijo HS 6-5, 270
Toby Turpin Los Alamitos HS 6-4, 245

Louis Holmes Scottsdale CC 6-6, 270
Brandon Antwine Garland HS, TX 6-1, 270
Keith Browner Dorsey HS 6-4, 220
Travis Goethel Vista HS 6-3, 220
Mark Johnson Dorsey HS 6-2, 215
Chris Lewis Clovis West HS 6-3, 250
Robert Rose Glenville HS, OH 6-4, 240

Linebacker

Allen Bradford is the top choice at linebacker even though there are some who think he might be even more valuable on offense. Any way you look at it, Bradford is a special athlete and he will probably be another USC vs UCLA contest in the end. Joshua Tatum has been a solid physical presence throughout the spring camp circuit. Speed is the name of the game for the out of state backers who have received USC offers as A.J. Jones, Michael Morgan and Akeem Hebron can all run. Jonathan Cornell hasn't received an offer yet but he is being seriously considered.

Allen Bradford Colton HS 6-0, 220
Joshua Tatum McClymonds HS 6-0, 210
A.J. Jones Middleton HS, FL 6-2, 190
Michael Morgan Skyline HS, TX 6-3, 195
Akeem Hebron Our Lady Good Counsel HS, MD 6-3, 205
Jonathan Cornell Bishop Amat HS 6-0, 210
Thaddeus Gibson Euclid HS, OH 6-3, 205
Jamarr Robinson Fairfield HS 6-3, 240
Donald Butler Del Campo HS 6-0, 200

Defensive Back

The Trojan coaches have been zeroed in on a trio of safeties for quite some time and it's a pretty good group with Antwine Perez, Taylor Mays and Jonas Mouton. All three are ranked among the elite safeties in the country. At corner, the situation is a little less settled although there are some out of state names emerging including Darrin Walls, Ochuku Jenjie, Ray Small and Jai Eugene.

Taylor Mays O'Dea HS, WA 6-3, 210
Jonas Mouton Venice HS 6-2, 210
Antwine Perez Wilson HS, NJ 6-2, 200
Stephen Carr Eastlake HS 6-2, 200
Major Culbert Narbonne 6-0, 195
Wesley Davis Steele Canyon HS 6-1, 180
Garrett Green Notre Dame HS 6-1, 190
Anthony Houston Mission Bay HS 6-4, 195
Ryan McFoy Chino HS 6-3, 195
Grant Schwartz Dana Hills HS 6-0, 190

Jai Eugene Destrehan HS, LA 5-11, 185
Ray Small Glenville HS, OH 5-11, 170
Darrin Walls Woodland Hills HS, PA 6-1, 180
Ochuku Jenije North Florida Christian 5-11, 185
Bobby Guillory Bethel HS 5-11, 175
Darian Hagan Jr. Crenshaw HS 5-11, 175
Yul Hawkins Centennial HS 5-11, 175
Vincent Joseph LB Poly 5-11, 180
Devin Mays Lincoln HS 5-10, 185
James Montgomery Rancho Cordova HS 5-9, 190
A.J. Wallace McDonough HS, MD 6-1, 195
Shareece Wright Colton HS 6-0, 185

Athlete

Several athletes on this list can play multiple positions and could be considered "athletes" in their recruitment but the players listed below are the ones most likely to be considered on both sides of the ball. C.J. Gable would be considered an elite RB if he chose to stick with offense but it's looking more and more like defense will be his spot in college. Riley Cooper is not only a two-way star in football but he is also a terrific baseball prospect. Anthony McCoy had an impressive showing at the Rising Senior Camp as a wide receiver who can also play TE or DL. Ricky Thenarse has good size and agility.

C.J. Gable Sylmar HS 6-1, 190
Riley Cooper Central Catholic HS, FL 6-4, 205
DeLaShaun Dean Fairfield HS 6-3, 190
Jamar Hornsby Sandalwood HS, FL 6-4, 195
Jeff Cumberland Brookhaven HS, OH 6-4, 220
Rodney Glass Notre Dame HS 5-10, 170
Anthony McCoy Bullard HS 6-4, 235
Leilyon Myers Lynwood HS 6-0, 200
Devin Ross Rancho Cucamonga HS 5-10, 180
Ricky Thenarse Jordan HS 6-1, 180

Kicker/Punter

The Trojans definitely need a punter in this class and there are several on the wish list. At kicker, it is unclear if we will take one but we will keep an eye on several of the top kickers in the area.

Kai Forbath Notre Dame HS 5-11, 195
Nathan Franklin Hoggard HS, TN 5-11, 160
Kyle Petersen South Hills HS 6-4, 200
J.T. Wright Agoura HS 5-11, 180


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