October recruiting list

The recruiting season is rolling along and the Trojan coaches are narrowing the list of prospects they are considering for the Class of 2006. Click below for a position by position update of who we are looking at for this class:

Quarterback

The Trojans would definitely like to bring in a quarterback in this class with Tebow currently heading the list. Tim has been taking in some of the biggest games in the South this fall but he still maintains that USC is in his final group of 7 to 8 schools. One local name who has been attracting more interest from the Trojan coaches is Garrett Green, a good all-around athlete who is the cousin of former USC QB Brandon Hance. Garrett is the type of player who could come in as a QB and, if things don't work out at that spot, could end up as a WR or DB. Locker is still a solid commit to Washington but we will continue to stay in touch through the recruiting process.

Tim Tebow Nease HS, FL 6-3, 225
Garrett Green Notre Dame HS 6-1, 195
Jake Locker Ferndale HS, WA 6-2, 210

Running Back

This position is a priority and the good news is that there's a nice group of guys at the high end of the wish list. Stafon Johnson is the local priority and he has close to 700 rushing yards already in four games despite seeing a lot of time at quarterback. Stafon was invited to the Army All-American game last week. Goodson has backed off his commitment to Oklahoma State and is saying the Trojans, LSU and Texas A&M are all back in the running along with the Cowboys. Michael continues to express a lot of interest in USC so this one is a long way from being over. LeSean McCoy broke his leg recently and is expected to be out for the remainder of the season but that hasn't slowed the interest from college coaches, including the Trojans. Moody raised some eyebrows recently when the Texas commit made an official visit to USC and there were reports from some of his relatives that he could be looking to change his verbal. Stay tuned on this one, Ken Norton has done a good job recruiting in Texas this year and we could see either Goodson or Moody end up in Cardinal and Gold next season. To this point we have not offered any fullback prospects for this class.

Stafon Johnson Dorsey HS 6-0, 205
Michael Goodson Klein, TX 6-0, 195
LeSean McCoy Bishop McDevitt HS, PA 5-10, 206
Emmanuel Moody Coppell HS, TX 5-11, 190
DeMarco Murray Bishop Gorman HS 6-0, 190
Marcus Sims North Florida Christian HS, FL 6-2, 220
C.J. Spiller Union County HS, FL 5-10, 185

Wide Receiver

Harvin has been a major priority since last spring and his performance on the field this fall is showing what the hype is all about. He's truly a gamebreaking performer and this will likely come down to a USC vs Florida recruiting battle. Ausberry remains a priority while Hazelton has picked up his interest in the Trojans recently and he is still very much in the mix. One name that has risen on the wish list in recent weeks is Travon Patterson from Poly, there has been a lot of attention focused on his teammate Terrence Austin but at this point Patterson is receiving more interest from the Trojans. Hornsby says he will visit USC.

Percy Harvin Landstown HS, VA 5-11, 185
David Ausberry Lemoore HS 6-4, 215
Vidal Hazelton Moore Catholic HS, NY 6-4, 200
Travon Patterson LB Poly 5-9, 165
Jamar Hornsby Sandalwood HS, FL 6-4, 205

Tight End

The Trojans already have a verbal commit from Washington and the coaches will be charting his progress this fall to see how he performs. Reuland is ranked among the elite TE's in the nation and we could also see Anthony McCoy end up as a TE at the college level.

Gerald Washington Chaffey College 6-6, 250
Konrad Reuland Mission Viejo HS 6-6, 235

Offensive Line

With one commit in hand from Heberer the Trojan coaches would love to add a couple more bodies from among the elite out of state linemen. Young seems to be a solid possibility right now and he is one of the top recruits in Florida this year. Smith is as talented as they come but he is playing things very close to the vest in the recruiting process so it's hard to get a read on which way he is leaning, the good news is that he continues to list the Trojans among his top choices. We have a good shot at Lewis although he could just as easily end up on the defensive side of the ball. Schilling continues to mention us in his top 4 choices but he's never given much of an indication that he could be leaning our way, this could be a tough battle for the talented Bellevue star. Depending on how the other slots play out we could see Hayes end up with a Trojan offer.

Zack Heberer San Pedro HS 6-4, 275
Sam Young St Thomas Aquinas HS, FL 6-7, 280
Andre Smith Huffman HS, AL 6-4, 300
Butch Lewis Regis HS, CO 6-5, 280
Steve Schilling Bellevue HS, WA 6-4, 285
Jovon Hayes Dorsey HS 6-2, 320

Defensive Line

This could end up being one of the deepest positions for this class. Simmons has already given a verbal and we are in the running for several other top prospects. Parsons is a strong possibility to end up a Trojan and there are some who think he could end up as an OL at the next level. Gerald McCoy is extremely talented (13 sacks through five games) and he will visit USC in November. Antwine continues to show a lot of interest in USC and we are clearly the team to beat. It will probably come down to a USC vs Cal battle for Hill and he is reminding onlookers more and more of Mike Patterson with each game. As far as defensive ends go, Holmes will visit for the Arizona game this weekend and Evans has said he will visit later this year.

Derek Simmons Armijo HS 6-5, 270
Alex Parsons Woodbridge HS 6-5, 250
Gerald McCoy Southeast HS, OK 6-4, 280
Brandon Antwine Garland HS, TX 6-1, 270
Derrick Hill McClymonds HS 6-2, 275
Louis Holmes Scottsdale CC, AZ 6-6, 270
Maurice Evans Christ the King HS, NY 6-3, 250

Linebacker

Bradford is perhaps the top player in the state this year but it is still unclear what position he will play at the college level. There are some who think he will end up a linebacker, others who think he would make a better safety or even a running back. Regardless, he is a top priority for the staff and it will likely come down to USC vs UCLA. Tatum suffered a knee injury on the opening play of the game against Dorsey last Friday night and it remains to be seen if that will affect his recruiting status. Cornell recently received an offer from the Trojans and he is averaging 10 tackles per game this year. Jones and Morgan remain out of state targets. The Trojans also received a call recently from a top LB recruit who is currently committed to another school but who is interested in taking a visit to USC.

Allen Bradford Colton HS 6-0, 220
Joshua Tatum McClymonds HS 6-0, 210
Jonathan Cornell Bishop Amat HS 6-0, 210
A.J. Jones Middleton HS, FL 6-2, 190
Michael Morgan Skyline HS, TX 6-3, 195

Defensive Back

Well, the Trojans aren't doing too bad at safety so far with commits from the #2 and #3 ranked prospects in the country at that spot and now they turn their sights squarely on #4 as Jonas Mouton is still a top priority. Ryan McFoy, brother of Chris, continues to get a look as well. Things are not so rosy at corner as the coaches look to bring in at least two corners in this class. Eugene, Jenjie and Small remain the top out of state candidates, Small took his visit to USC last month while Eugene says the Trojans are on his final list of six schools (LSU is considered the heavy favorite for Jai). Jenjie will take a visit to USC with teammate Marcus Sims later in the year. Pete Carroll was on the sidelines to watch Hagan and Holland in the season opener, neither player has been offered as a corner but both will be evaluated throughout the season. Hagan is known more as a safety while Holland is a highly ranked receiver. Wright broke his hand recently but could be back by the end of the regular season. The Trojan coaches are awaiting tape from Jones, no offer has been extended to this point.

Taylor Mays O'Dea HS, WA 6-3, 210
Antwine Perez Wilson HS, NJ 6-2, 200
Jonas Mouton Venice HS 6-2, 210
Ryan McFoy Chino HS 6-3, 195
Nate Ness El Camino College 6-2, 180
Jai Eugene Destrehan HS, LA 5-11, 185
Ray Small Glenville HS, OH 5-11, 170
Ochuku Jenije North Florida Christian 5-11, 185
Darian Hagan Jr. Crenshaw HS 5-11, 175
Shareece Wright Colton HS 6-0, 185
Jamere Holland Taft HS 6-1, 180
Andre Jones Fresno City College 6-0, 190

Athlete

Gable is putting up big numbers as a running back but he will likely be a corner if he ends up with the Trojans. McCoy received a USC offer in August and he is an intriguing prospect who can play WR, TE or DE at the next level. Glass has tremendous speed.

C.J. Gable Sylmar HS 6-1, 190
Anthony McCoy Bullard HS 6-4, 235
Rodney Glass Notre Dame HS 5-10, 170

Kicker/Punter

The Trojans definitely need a punter in this class and there are several on the watch list but none that have jumped out to this point to earn an offer.


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