Recruiting Catch-Up

Recruiting Catch-Up gives Trojan fans a one-stop-shop for all the recruiting news over the past week. Included in this week's edition are updates on Brandon Carswell, Blake Ayles, Chris Galippo, Aaron Corp, Samson Szakacsy, Joe McKnight, Everson Griffen, Noel Devine, and many more.

Carswell Gets Unexpected Offer

USC hit the recruiting trail hard last weekend in search of a wide receiver, and found one in the form of Brandon Carswell of Milpitas HS. To say the offer was shocking to Carswell may be a slight understatement, considering the Trojan coaches have had very limited contact with the Milpitas HS stand-out.

Milpitas recently defeated Santa Clara 42-7, and Carswell had a huge game. Carswell, who plays quarterback for his high school team, rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. He also went 7-16 for 114 yards and three touchdowns from his quarterback spot.

Click the following link to read up on Carswell's thoughts on his newest offer.

Ayles Back at It

One of the hottest names on the recruiting trail is 2008 tight end prospect Blake Ayles out of Lutheran HS (CA.). Lutheran is teammates with current USC commitments Aaron Corp and Michael Reardon, and is already up to ten offers. Lutheran recently defeated Mater Dei, and Ayles hauled in seven catches for 75 yards on the night.

Click the following link to read what Ayles had to say about his SC offer and his top three schools.

Galippo Shoulders the Load

To say Chris Galippo is the workhorse for Servite may be selling him short. Galippo has recently seen an increase in carries, and an improved running game is the result. Galippo and his Servite Friar team recently took on St. John Bosco Friday night in a 21-6 victory. Galippo had 83 yards rushing on the night, including a twelve yard touchdown in the win. The stat line did not end there as Galippo also racked up 51 yards receiving, not bad for a night's work.

Corp Continues Solid Play

In what was seen as the clash of giants, Lutheran HS defeated Mater Dei in a thriller 24-21. USC commitment Aaron Corp had what may have been his best game of the season, completing 24 of his 29 passes for 251 yards in the victory. Corp also compiled 59 yards and a touchdown on the ground on 13 carries. Not only were the stats impressive, but the talented signal-caller led his team down the field to set up a game winning field goal.

The Return of Samson

Samson Szakacsy was considered done for the season with a foot injury, but Friday night marked his return, and he did not disappoint. Szakacsy completed 7 of his 12 passes for 132 and two touchdowns in the 31-28 victory over league opponent Oxnard.

McKnight Makes the Most

Although Joe McKnight did not have many touches, he made the most out of each opportunity he was given. McKnight and his Curtis HS teammates defeated St. James 19-7 Friday night, moving on to an 8-0 record on the season. McKnight had 7 carries for 75 yards and a 12 yard touchdown scamper, adding one reception for 72 yards on the night.

Click the following link to read what McKnight had to say after the Trojan coaches viewed him in action.

The Super Freak Strikes in Time for Halloween

Everson Griffen is everything you ask for in a football player, and some. Griffen and his Agua Fria teammates took on Lake Havasu HS Friday night, claiming a 55-20 victory in a very high scoring affair. While defense is where Griffen is being recruited, it was on the offensive side of the ball that he did most of his damage. Griffen carried the ball 11 times, rushing for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns. On the defensive end, Griffen racked up 9 tackles, including 2 for a loss.

Devine Right

There is no questioning Noel Devine's ability on the football field, and Friday night was further reinforcement to his skills. Devine finished the night rushing for 164 yards on 26 carries, leading North Fort Myers to a 24-6 victory over Fort Myers.

Green Back at It

Broderick Green has been the anchor of his Pulaski Academy team, and Friday night the Bruins of Pulaski defeated Mills University Studies 42- 20. Green had a very productive night, finishing the night with 149 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns on 27 carries.

Scott Continues His Dominance

Junior running back prospect Darrell Scott of Moorpark HS may be the hottest running back in the southland. Scott has been terrorizing opposing defenses all season, and Friday night's 45-0 route over Newbury Park was no different. Scott rushed for 279 yards and 4 touchdowns, scoring on runs of 70, 19, 55, and 28 yards.

Tyler Scores Big In Victory

Oaks Christian has been steam rolling team after team in league competition, and that will not change anytime soon. The Lions defeated Grace Brethren 70-7, and Marc Tyler finished the night with 86 yards on 10 carries. Tyler found the end zone twice rushing, also adding a 25 yard reception for a touchdown. I was able to speak to Tyler following the victory, and he informed me that he was still very solid to USC and will not take a trip to Texas.

Richmond an Option

The coaches would like to bring in at least one wide receiver in this class, and Santa Ana Valley JC standout David Richmond is a serious option. Richmond recently had his finest performance with some of the SC staff in attendance.

Click the following link to read up on what Richmond had to say about his recruitment and USC.

Visit List

Remember to check in on the updated Visit List to see when players will be visiting.

The following is a link to the Visit List page.

Trojan recruits on FSN Prime Ticket

Watch future Trojans Chris Galippo and Matt Kalil in action this Friday as the Servite Friars take on the Mater Dei Monarchs. The game will be televised on a delayed basis and will be shown at 10:00pm that night. Mater Dei junior OL Khaled Holmes, brother of Alex, already has an offer from Nebraska while sophomore QB Matt Barkley is a future target on the USC wish list as well.

Playoff Clincher

And on a very random side note, my flag football team has clinched a birth into the four team playoff at the Valley Sports Arena. Yours truly, Brian Matthews, hauled in three touchdown grabs and an interception for a touchdown in the 36-16 victory. Although the average attendance may be estimated using two hands, there is never a lack of effort night-in night-out. I do have a few years of NCAA eligibility left, anyone interested? Hope all is well and have a great week. Top Stories