The target is Garrett Green, who recently received an offer from UCLA as well. Garrett has said that if either local school stepped forward with an offer that he would prefer to remain close to home and he could end up with offers from both schools. Garrett is a tremendous leader and a real good athlete who can play multiple positions.
One of the key positions in this class. We've already got a commit from Emmanuel Moody and most everyone involved with recruiting seems to agree that Stafon Johnson will end up a Trojan as well. Emmanuel is a shifty back while Stafon is more of a between the tackles power runner with good speed. There are still several targets remaining including Michael Goodson and he is possibly the gem of the class in terms of speed backs with playmaking ability. Michael was scheduled to announce for Texas A&M last weekend at the Army game but he decided not to do it at that time and remains open to A&M, USC and Oklahoma State. Keiland Williams visits this weekend and he is the top "big back" on the list at 225 pounds. C.J. Gable recently came out and said he is all but committed to the Trojans and his potential verbal could make things interesting in terms of available rides at this position. C.J. can also play corner but the preference is to get him a look at RB as well. Another C.J., Spiller, is still in the mix as well although most recruiting people expect him to stay in the south. The Trojans would also love to bring in a fullback with Stanley Havili at the top of the wish list. A potential hang-up could be the fact that Stanley might take a Mormon mission after his freshman year and the USC coaches have made it clear that, for continuity purposes, they wouldn't want that to happen. If Havili doesn't come on board, look for Marcus Sims to be a possibility.
The Trojans already have a trio of gems with commitments from Vidal Hazelton, David Ausberry and Anthony McCoy. On top of that, the pending verbal from speedy slot receiver and return man Travon Patterson is one of the worst kept secrets in recruiting this year. The Trojans will also continue to pursue Percy Harvin to see if they can change his verbal from Florida to USC and they are also recruiting Jamere Holland, the fastest player in the nation and a guy who can play either receiver or corner.. Hazelton and Ausberry were extremely impressive in the Army game last week. McCoy is a player who can end up at WR, TE or DE in the future, he's a terrific athlete. Any way you look at it, the Trojans did a great job of reloading at this spot.
Gerald Washington is already enrolled for the spring semester as the only player who will definitely be a tight end in this class. Most observers expect Anthony McCoy to eventually end up at this spot.
This is the position that could be the difference between USC ending up with the #1 class in the nation or a top 3 class. If we can land one or two of the "Big 3" out of state offensive linemen (Andre Smith, Sam Young and Steve Schilling are ranked 1-3 in the country on the OL) then we will end up with the best class no matter what else happens. Schilling takes his trip to USC on the 21st (assuming he makes his flight) and so far he doesn't seem to be heavily leaning to any other school so the Trojans could make a great impression and land him. Young received rave reviews during the Army game for his physical stature and polished game although there were rumors that Michigan could be the team to beat at this point. Smith is simply a monster on the OL and he would make a great addition, with his grandmother in the Southern California area there are some ties to the region but most experts believe he will stay in the south. The one certainty on the line is that we already have a verbal commit from Zack Heberer and he looked terrific during CaliFlorida game practices.
What a nice DL class this is turning out to be. We've got commits so far from Alex Parsons, Derek Simmons and Butch Lewis with Walker Ashley already enrolled for the spring semester. Parsons and Simmons were two of the best players on the field during the CaliFlorida Bowl. Lewis committed to the Trojans during the Army All-American game, he will come in as a DL but he also has the potential to flip over and play OL if needed. A top remaining priority is Gerald McCoy who was perhaps the most impressive defensive player on the field at the Army game, Gerald is down to SC, Oklahoma and Notre Dame with rumors swirling that the Trojans could be the team to beat. A potential defensive end prospect will visit this weekend in Travis Goethel, he's known more as a linebacker but with his lanky frame there has been some talk of him ending up on the line. Travis showed tremendous pursuit ability during CaliFlorida practices.
This is such a position of strength on the Trojan roster that we didn't need a lot of bodies but the one commit we did get is a good one in Joshua Tatum. It's possible that we could see someone like Jon Cornell come in late for this class, or Goethel could end up at LB, but even if we wind up with only Tatum it will be considered a solid class at LB.
The safety spot for this class is going to be a good one with Antwine Perez already enrolled, Taylor Mays and Allen Bradford already committed plus the possibility of adding Jonas Mouton to the mix as well. We could even see Ryan McFoy come in with this class although it's also possible that he could be asked to greyshirt to come in a year from now. As far as corners, we have one commitment from Shareece Wright and he's going to be a good one. A player who has really risen on the wish list in the past week is Devin Ross following a good showing in Army bowl practices and a decision will be made soon on a potential offer. Ross and Wright will likely trip to USC this weekend.
The Trojans want to bring a punter in with this class and right now they are looking at two options; Andrew Larson from Saddleback College and Brett Upson from Spalding HS in Georgia.