Recruiting Catch-Up

Week one is now officially over and the entire Trojan following can breathe a collective sigh of relief. There seemed to be a sense of uncertainty heading into the match-up with Arkansas, but all questions were put to rest as USC came out and showed that this is no "rebuilding" year. And while college football is back, don't forget about the high school season and the excitement it brings.

Recruiting Catch-Up will be a weekly column on WeAreSC

Broderick Still Solid

While the Trojans were preparing for their opening bout with Arkansas, a few members of the SC coaching staff were able to make it out to watch Broderick Green live in action. Broderick did not disappoint, as he led his Pulaski Academy Bruins to 57-47 win over Forrest City. Green finished the night with 160 yards on 25 carries, averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Below is a link to an article done by John Jackson after watching Broderick in person.

Worth The Hype

Current SC commits Marc Tyler and Marshall Jones both came into the week with something to prove, that their Oaks Christian HS team is worthy of their top 10 ranking in the nation by nearly all magazine and newspaper publications. Marc Tyler finished the night with 230 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries, averaging just over 19 yards per carry in his debut. Tyler also returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown. Safety Marshall Jones showed great versatility, contributing on the offensive side of the ball as well. Jones blocked a punt, had an interception, and caught a 42 yard pass from Clausen for a touchdown in the win.

Both Jones and Tyler looked great on Friday night, and the future looks bright at Troy. Tyler worked extremely hard in the off-season to lose 10 pounds, and it shows. Tyler possesses great lower body strength with cat-like quickness, and every time he touches the ball you can expect great things. Jones is another player who worked hard in the off-season, adding some weight, and he looks better then ever.

Corp on the Money

Jones and Tyler were not the only SC commits in action, Aaron Corp and Michael Reardon both took the field Friday night to take on Dana Hills. Corp finished the night 12-16 (with 4 drops) for 146 and one touchdown in the 59-7 beat down over Dana Hills. Corp also ran 8 times for 71 yards. Lutheran coach Jim Kunau described Corp's game, "They were all perfect passes. They were all right on the money."

The Super Freak

Another SC prospect having a monster season so far is Everson Griffen. In his first two games, Griffen has accumulated 5 sacks and 20 tackles to help his Agua Fria team to a 2-0 start. On offense he has rushed for 177 yards and five touchdowns. Here is an update on Griffen in which he talks scheduling official visits, but things are still looking good for SC.

Arizona Round Up

Everson Griffen is not the only player out of Arizona that the SC coaches are setting their sights on. Kristofer O'Dowd of Salpointe Catholic is another player to keep an eye on, and he is currently in the process of scheduling official visits. No worries here, because USC is definitely one of the schools that will receive an official visit from the Arizona native. Click here for the link to O'Dowd's update.

Monster Weekend

It is looking more and more like the weekend of Nov. 25 will be a huge one for SC. As the Trojans take on Brady Quinn and the Irish, look for the who's who of high school recruits to be in attendance. Not all of the visitors have been finalized; but I am hearing names such as James Wilson, Martin Coleman, Kristofer O'Dowd, Everson Griffen, Martez Wilson, Jordan Campbell, Chris Galippo, Marc Tyler, Marshall Jones, Ronald Johnson, and Da'John Harris all in the mix. Here is the link to the updated Trojan's visit list.

Top 100 Juniors List

Scout.com recently released there list of the top 100 juniors to watch, which features 15 prospects from the state of California. The Scout.com list features many players that the Trojans will target in the future, including current commitment D.J. Shoemate. Here is a link to the top 100 juniors to watch list.

McKnight It Is

Louisiana 5 star running back Joe McKnight had a monster game Friday night as he and his Patriot teammates ran through the Mandeville Skippers 43-0. McKnight caught two touchdown passes and rushed for another one in the victory. He finished the night rushing for 42 yards on four carries and hauling in three passes for 103 yards. Not bad Joe, not bad at all.

Fox Sports High School Football Preview Show

Here is the information on the hour-long High School Football Preview Show which will air on Fox Sports Prime Ticket and is hosted by Lindsay Soto.

Tuesday 9/5 9:00 PM
Thursday 9/7 3:00 PM
Friday 9/8 5:30 PM (This one leads right into the pre-game show for Canyon vs. Notre Dame)

One Bright Spot

One of the few bright spots in Long Beach Poly's 9-7 loss to Santa Margarita was the play of highly touted cornerback/receiver Donovan Warren. Warren was able to haul in a touchdown grab and intercept a pass in the loss to Santa Margarita.

Looking For A Catch

The Trojan coaching staff has been searching long and hard for a receiver to add to the 2007 class. But after viewing the top high school receivers in the state, it may end up being a junior college player that eventually gets the look. College of the Canyons (CA) wide receiver Terence Scott currently holds four offers, but is looking to add one from the Trojans. Scott will get a serious look at the beginning of the season from the coaches. Here is a link to an article done with Scott regarding his newfound interest from the Trojans.

The Future

There is no question that everyone is fired up about our most recent commit James Wilson. Wilson is a great prospect, and shows it week in and week out. Scout.com recently added new video of the future Trojan out of Nease HS (FL). To view Wilson in action, click here.

Key Games

There are plenty of games to keep an eye on this week, including many of the SC recruits and commitments in action throughout the area. Here are some games to keep an eye on:

-Servite vs. Santiago (View Trojan commitments Chris Galippo and DJ Shoemate in action, along with future Trojan recruit Matt Kalil.)

-Oaks Christian vs. Muir. This game will be broadcast live on Vootage.com on Friday at 7:00pm. View future Trojans Marc Tyler and Marshall Jones in action along with standouts Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame), Casey Matthews (Oregon), Anthony Gildon (Oregon), Michael Ebbit (Texas A&M), Duke Lemmens (Undecided), and Sean Wiser (Undecided).

-Camarillo vs. Newbury Park (Camarillo boasts current USC commitment Samson Szakacsy)

-Lutheran vs. Lancaster (Watch future Trojans Aaron Corp and Michael Reardon.)

-Poly vs. Birmingham (Watch Donovan Warren and Long Beach Poly take on Milton Knox and Birmingham.)

-Edison vs. San Clemente (Future Trojan Martin Coleman leads an Edison team looking to make a name.)

-Another game to keep an eye on will be played this Friday, as Notre Dame HS takes on Canyon in what promises to be a good one. The game will broadcast live on FSN Prime Ticket at 7 PM Friday night.

-There will also be a Thursday night game shown on Vootage.com with St. Bonaventure hosting St. Paul at 7:00pm. The Seraphs have a junior offensive lineman, Vaughn Dotsy, a 6-6, 330 pounder who is expected to be one of the top recruits in the country next year.


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