Signing Day Eve

As the Trojans wait to hear the final decisions from the remaining players on the wish list, here is an update on those players and where they stand on this Signing Day Eve

Andre Smith – real close to call at this point. I think the Trojans are definitely in it and have a legitimate shot. It's pretty clear that we've made an impact on Andre and he understands what is going on here at USC and he can see himself as part of it. The biggest challenge we face, however, is the distance. Andre comes from a Southern, Christian family and his ties to home are strong. He does have a grandmother in the Southern California area so that helps, his mom is from here as well so it's not like the family is unfamiliar with Los Angeles. Between him and Gerald McCoy, I feel stronger about our chances with Andre. One SC commit, Josh Tatum, thinks it could come down to a battle between USC and LSU although the Alabama Crimson Tide still are considered in the mix as well.

Gerald McCoy – Another big man who would fit right in with the Trojans as an addition to an already talented defensive line class. In my opinion this overall class is already top notch but if we can grab either McCoy or Smith (or both) at the end it would be a terrific cherry on top of the sundae. Gerald is saying there are three teams still being considered (USC, Oklahoma, LSU) but most recruiting people believe that the Trojans are the only team will a shot at pulling him away from the Sooners. Is it enough of a shot? It will be difficult. Gerald lives only 20 minutes from the OU campus and you know he's feeling the heat from the home state crowd about staying home to play ball.

Jonas Mouton – It appears at this point as if Jonas is headed to Michigan. If that happens, the Trojans could look to LB Poly and Alfred Rowe, a DB/LB commit to Oregon State who has been a longtime USC fan. Alfred has a younger brother, Kenny, who is a top junior prospect at DE.

Jamere Holland – Took a trip to USC this weekend and things went extremely well. At this point, it would be a major surprise if he doesn't commit to the Trojans although Oregon has been mentioned as a late possibility. Yes, he's a guy who has the possibility to play either offense or defense but Jamere has been adamant about wanting to stay on offense so the addition of Vincent Joseph to the class (along with Shareece Wright) should show him that we've got enough corners this year and he will be staying on offense. The thing Jamere brings is pure speed, an element the Trojan receiving core hasn't been able to find since Derrick Jones failed to qualify two years ago.

Garrett Green – The closer we get to signing day, the more I want this guy to be a Trojan. Garrett is an athlete, a leader and a winner (38-2-1 record as a starting QB in high school along with a 3.7 GPA in the classroom). His decision is primarily down to USC, UCLA and Harvard but most people believe he wants to play big-time college football so it's not likely that he would be heading to the Ivy League. Garrett said throughout the recruiting process that he was hoping for an offer from one of the two local schools and with both of them coming through it would be hard to imagine him turning them down. He knows he has the opportunity to come in as the #3 QB at both USC or UCLA but the primary difference between the two schools will be the other players competing for the spot. At USC, he would have Mark Sanchez a year ahead of him and the prospect of Jimmy Clausen coming in a year behind him while at UCLA he could sit behind Ben Olson and for a couple years before having a shot at the job. Is that enough to slide in favor of the Bruins? Possibly. The good news for Trojan fans though is that Garrett is a competitor so he may take his chances and go to the school that gives him the best possible opportunity of competing for championships, something he got used to in high school.

Keiland Williams and Marcus Sims – At this point I would be mildly surprised if either player comes to USC although the chance is there with Williams. Top Stories