Ranked as the top high school football team in the country, Hoover High School (Al.) knew that opponents would be gunning for them. And with a national audience watching, Hoover set out to defend their number one ranking this past weekend against a talented John Curtis (La.) team. Hoover jumped up early, 14-0, and looked to be on their way to yet another victory. But Joe McKnight and his John Curtis teammates would have none of it, and quickly turned the tides. McKnight scored on receptions of 80 and 45 yards, while rushing for 69 yards and throwing in an interception. Hoover never did recover, and ended up losing the match-up 28-14. Watching McKnight, it is easy to see why the coaches have made him such a priority. He has that "it" factor that the Trojans are desperately searching for.
Another One Bites the Dust
Oaks Christian School defeated St. Bonaventure last week in one of the most one-sided ball games I've seen amongst two very good football teams. And the Lions looked to bounce back this week against one of the City Section's finest, Venice High School. Oaks Christian again proved to be too much, defeating Venice 47-17.
Marc Tyler finished the night with 226 yards rushing; scoring on runs of 43, 1, and 7 yards. He added a fourth touchdown with a 30 yard reception from Notre Dame bound quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Next up for Oaks Christian is Diamond Ranch of Pomona on Friday night in the Lions' home opener.
On a side note, I was informed from a very reliable source that Marc Tyler was offered a scholarship from the University of Texas after his performance against St. Bonaventure. It seems as if Texas is trying to make a little "Moody Magic" work in their favor; too little, too late.
No Rest for Best
Jahvid Best continues has put up huge numbers throughout his senior campaign, and he did not let down Saturday afternoon against Sacred Heart Cathedral. Although Salesian lost the ball game 28-14, Best accounted for 270 yards of offensive production. Best finished the night with 15 carries for 97 yards, one reception for 38 yards, and even threw two passes for 135 yards. Not a bad day at work.
Aaron Corp may not put up mind boggling numbers game in and game out, but he wins ball games, period. Corp and his Orange Lutheran teammates took on a dangerous Los Alamitos team Friday night and came up victorious 38-27. Corp finished up the night going 9-14 for 129 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for a touchdown from a yard out. Michael Reardon also looked good in action, and was unofficially credited with two sacks on the evening. Click the following link to view footage of USC commitments Michael Reardon and Aaron Corp from Friday night's game against Los Alamitos
WeAreSC publisher Garry Paskwietz was at the game and had the following thoughts on Corp and Reardon:
"The thing that impressed me the most about Aaron Corp was his composure and demeanor on the field. Norm Chow once said the one thing he looked for when scouting a QB in a big game was how he handled himself. On this night, I thought Corp was very much in control. In fact, I would compare his on-field actions as being similar to Carson Palmer. I'm not comparing Aaron to Carson physically but in terms of the way he managed the huddle, the fact that nothing seemed to rattle him and his calm presence reminded me of the 2002 Heisman winner. Corp took some big hits while running the football and each time he simply popped back up, handed the ball to the ref and jogged over to his coach to get the next play. As for his passing ability, he looked accurate and in control to me. I came away thinking this guy has a chance to be a special player.
The first thing that jumped out to me about Michael Reardon was how big he is, this is a large man. Then he goes out on the field (he's on kickoff coverage team!) and shows tremendous athleticism. He only played DE in this game and he did a great job putting pressure on the Griffin QB in the first half. Michael has terrific pursuit abilities and, even though he's targeted for the USC o-line, he's one of those guys who could play on either side of the ball if needed.
Keep an eye on Los Alamitos sophomore quarterback Clark Evans, he's going to be big-time in two years."
Green Is Gold
Broderick Green and his Pulaski Academy teammates set out Friday night to make a statement, and that's exactly what they did. Pulaski finished the night early after forcing a mercy rule with 5:36 left in the game, eventually defeating Pulaski Robinson 48-6. Green finished the evening rushing for 100 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. Green also had 4 receptions for 95 yards and a score.
The Curse at Troy
Saying that there may be some sort of curse on the fullback position this year may be a gross understatement. It seems that anyone mentioned in the same breath as a fullback falls victim to injury. And Saturday night's game against the Washington State Cougars showed Trojan fans abroad just how important the fullback position is. Brandon Hancock, Ryan Powdrell, Stanley Havili, and even possible fullback option Luthur Brown have all suffered injuries that will keep them out for an extended period of time. The newest fullback project is David Buehler, a player who has bounced around since his arrival at Troy.
It has now become a priority to recruit at least one fullback in the 2007 recruiting class, and there are a few names to keep an eye on. Leading the pack are the names Jordan Campbell of Norco, DJ Holt of Crespi, and Ryan McCants of Santiago.
Jordan Campbell and his Norco teammates took off to the desert this past weekend to take on Palm Springs, and they brought the heat to the desert. Norco held Palm Springs to 3 points on the night, winning the ball game 28-3. Jordan was not supposed to play, but Palm Springs started moving the ball on Norco, so he had to step in and finished with some pretty impressive stats. He only played in the second half, and finished the game with 14 tackles, 2 sacks, and hit the quarterback as he threw it to cause an interception for a touchdown.
DJ Holt and his Crespi teammates squared off against a Saint Bonaventure team eager for revenge. St. Bonaventure came out firing, and rode it all the way out to a 40-14 victory.
Ryan McCants is a name recently added to the fullback wish list, and it looks as though he too has fallen victim to the curse at fullback. McCants has racked up 622 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns through five games, and he will have to wait a little while longer to score his next touchdown. McCants broke his fibula Friday evening, and is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks.
Shift at the Top for Big D
Piscataway (N.J.) offensive lineman Anthony Davis has had Miami at the top of his list for quite some time. But Davis recently admitted that he has had a change of heart due to the uncertainty surrounding the Miami program. Davis has been heard saying that he now favors the Trojans, and will set up an official visit very soon. Click the following link to read up on Davis' thoughts on USC and the possible national championship match-up between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the USC Trojans.
Nothing Little about Saturday
The Trojans will have their hands full with the Washington Huskies Saturday in the Coliseum, and a big time visitor will be in the stands to take it all in. Greg Little out of Hillside HS (N.C.) will take an official visitor to Southern Cal Saturday, and will make his college decision immediately following his trip. Little has been rumored to be favoring Notre Dame at this point in time, so let's see if the big city lights can impact his decision. Click the following link to access the official visit list throughout the season.
Wilson is an All-American
Martez Wilson of Simeon HS (Il.) was recently named to the Army All-American game. Wilson will be suiting up for the East squad, and recently took time to talk about his favorites. Click the following link to read what Wilson had to say about his top schools, which include USC.
Barksdale on Top of the World
Defensive tackle Joseph Barksdale of Cass Technical HS (MI.) was recently added to an already deep east team as an Army All-American. Barksdale will be part of the group of visitors on Nov. 24 to watch the Trojans take on the Fighting Irish. Follow the link to read up on where Barksdale is at in recruiting.
Bolden Just Waiting
Omar Bolden of Colony HS (CA.) has proved himself again and again throughout the camp circuit, but it may be another aspect of Bolden's game that has caused him to be very patient. Bolden has some academic hurdles he must leap before he will see a dramatic increase in his recruitment. Click the following link to read up on Bolden and where he stands right now.
Coleman Taking Visits
Edison (CA.) offensive tackle Martin Coleman committed to Pete Carroll and staff fairly early on in the process. But Coleman, who recently moved to the U.S. from his native Tonga, has not seen any campuses outside of Southern California. So Coleman set out to Arizona this past weekend to watch the Sun Devils take on the California Golden Bears, and here is what he thought.
O'Dowd Setting Up Visits
Five star offensive lineman Kristofer O'Dowd out of Salpointe Catholic (AZ.) is one of the top targets on the Trojan wish list. And O'Dowd recently scheduled an official visit to USC, along with Ohio State and Miami. Click the following link to see what the five-star prospect had to say about his favorites.
Things Getting Interesting for Warren
Five-star defensive back Donovan Warren out of Long Beach Poly has been considered a heavy lean to USC ever since he was offered a scholarship by the Trojans. Warren recently admitted that the other schools on his list have been making up a lot of ground, including the cross-town Bruins. Here is an update on Warren and his list of favorites.
Harris is Finalizing
Five-star defensive tackle Da'John Harris of Gardena Serra (CA.) recently named off six schools at the top of his list. Harris is a very high priority in this recruiting class after dominating the competition during the SC Skills Camp. Harris has SC amongst his list of favorites. Click the following link to read up on Harris' top six schools.
Galippo on Fox Game of the Week
Trojan verbal commit Chris Galippo and his Servite Friar teammates will be in action this Friday night at 7:30pm on FSN Prime Ticket against the St Augustine Saints from the San Diego area.