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 Everson Griffen, Anthony Davis, Kristofer O'Dowd, Kevin Bryant, Brandon Carswell, Joseph Barksdale, James Wilson, Michael Reardon, Milton Knox, and many more.

Devine it is

Coming in to the year, one of the most sought after prospects in the country was Noel Devine of North Fort Myers (Fl.). Devine has lived up to his five-star rank, and shows why he has scholarships from so many of the top programs in the country.

Friday night, North Fort Myers took on Bishop Verot, and Devine scored early and often in the 53-10 victory. Devine carried the ball 13 for 178 yards and four touchdowns. He also returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown, eventually scoring five touchdowns on the night.

Campbell Ready to Shine

Jordan Campbell of Norco HS (CA.) has racked up some very impressive stats throughout his senior season, and continued to do so Friday night. Campbell finished the night with roughly 14 tackles and two extra point conversions. Campbell also got a chance to show off his ability carrying the ball, scampering 40 yards for a touchdown that was eventually called back.

Jordan and his Norco teammates will take on the Centennial Huskies this Friday night at 7:00 in a battle for the Mt. View League title. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.

Carswell Looks Solid

Many Trojan fans were shocked when the Trojans decided to offer Brandon Carswell of Milpitas HS (CA.) a full-ride scholarship. But Carswell's statistics on the year paint a much clearer image of why the Trojans got involved with the talented senior.

Ironically, Carswell and his Milpitas High Trojans took on Palo Alto Friday evening, but these Trojans did not have the same result as the Trojans of Southern Cal. Carswell provided the lone bright spot for the Trojans offense, scampering 63 yards to the end zone while avoiding nearly every Palo Alto defender. Milpitas eventually lost the game 40-7.

Carswell averages nearly 300 all-purpose yards a game, including over 100 yards on the ground and 100 yards through the air. Carswell has scored 12 touchdowns on the season and has rushed for 8 more.
Click the following link to read up on why Carswell is one of the best kept secrets in this year's class.

Top Six for O'Dowd

Kristofer O'Dowd has kept the entire recruiting process relatively quiet, but did manage to name a top six recently. USC is included in O'Dowd's top six, and here is a write-up done on O'Dowd and his top schools.

The following is a link to O'Dowd's highlight tape.

O'Dowd was recently named to the Army All-American Game, and here is the story with pictures from the event.

Griffen Named Army All-American

Kristofer O'Dowd was not the only Arizona prospect named to the Army All-American game, Everson Griffen was also named to the game recently. Griffen is rated as the number one defensive end prospect in the country by Scout.com, and his numbers on the year tell it all.

Griffen and his Agua Fria teammates defeated Millennium HS Friday night 50-21, and Griffen was all over the place. On offense, Griffen rushed the ball 12 times for 127 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 100 yards and another score. On the defensive side of the ball, Griffen had six tackles and two sacks.

Griffen was recently named West Valley Region's Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year. Griffen finished the regular season 1,108 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on 137 carries. He also hauled in five passes for 133 yards and two more touchdowns. On defense Griffen recorded 72 tackles, 16 sacks, a blocked field goal, and a fumble recovery.
Click the following link to read up on Griffen's Army game nomination.

Making the Most

Curtis five-star running back Joe McKnight has not touched the ball as much as he may have expected, but he definitely makes the most of every touch. McKnight and his Curtis teammates defeated Donaldsonville 50-6 on Friday evening, continuing an undefeated season. McKnight only carried the ball four times, but rushed for 122 yards, including a 71 yard touchdown run.

Davis Still Figuring Things Out

The recruitment of Anthony Davis has had plenty of twists and turns, but it looks as if the five-star offensive lineman has officially dropped USC.
Click the following link to read what Davis had to say about his top list of schools.

Harris and Boyles Score in Victory

Da'John Harris and Anthony Boyles are two prospects that SC has kept a close eye on over the past season. Harris, a five-star defensive tackle, finished the night with one reception for 20 yards and a touchdown. While Boyles, a four-star wide receiver prospect, finished the night with a touchdown grab as well. Serra defeated Bishop Montgomery 61-0 on Friday evening.

Barkley a Name to Remember

Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley has shown his maturity throughout the year, leading his Mater Dei team to multiple comeback victories. But Friday night's overtime victory over Servite may have been his finest work to date. Barkley was 9-14 for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the 28-22 victory over Servite.

Galippo Still Solid

To say that Servite's loss to Mater Dei Friday evening was disappointing may be a slight understatement. Servite looked to have the game early in the fourth quarter, only to see it slip away in overtime. Chris Galippo finished the night carrying the ball 13 times for 63 yards, adding a valuable two point conversion in the game.

Warren Making Trips

Four-star cornerback prospect Donovan Warren of Long Beach Poly is one of the top defensive backs in the country. This past weekend, Warren took his official visit to Cal and came away very impressed.
Here is what Warren had to say about his time spent in Berkeley.

Mammoth Recruit Still Likes SC

Offensive lineman Kevin Bryant of Boyd H. Anderson HS (Fl.) is one of the largest prospects I've seen while covering recruiting, standing a monstrous 6'6, 375 lbs. Bryant has been focusing on his senior season, but now that the season is over with, Bryant is looking forward to the recruiting process. Bryant recently named some of his top choices, with USC being included in the list.
Follow the link to read what Bryant had to say about his top schools.

Wilson 100% Committed to SC

There have been many rumblings about James Wilson and his commitment to USC, but Wilson recently cleared all the rumors and declared himself 100% committed.
Click the following link to read what Wilson had to say about his commitment and USC.

The following is a link done on Wilson's recent nomination to the Army All-American Game.

Reardon Mid-Season Update

Click the following link to read up on USC commitment Michael Reardon and the progress he has made over the past season.

Barksdale Will Trip to SC

Four-star defensive tackle prospect Joseph Barksdale of Cass Tech (Mich.) will take an official visit to Southern Cal on the weekend of the Notre Dame game, and here is what the talented lineman had to say about the schools he will be visiting.

Hard Knox

In what was built up to be a close rivalry, Birmingham ran through Chatsworth en route to a 36-7 victory Friday night. Milton Knox, a talented junior running back, finished the night with 126 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.

Tyler Solid in Victory

Oaks Christian hasn't had much competition throughout the season, and Friday night was no different. The Lions took on Nordhoff Friday night and cruised 41-10 for their 40th consecutive victory. USC commitment Marc Tyler finished with 132 yards on 11 carries, including a 29 yard touchdown. Next up for Oaks Christian is a match-up with Santa Paula Thursday night.

Former Trojan Keyshawn Johnson was in attendance for the Oaks' victory Friday night, as his son is planning on enrolling at Oaks Christian next year for his freshman year.

Smith Still Pushing

Malcolm Smith of Taft HS is a name familiar to all Trojan fans, and the younger Smith is rapidly making his own name. Taft defeated El Camino Real 48-7 Friday night, and Smith led all rushers with 153 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Scott Still Racking Up Yards

Junior running back Darrell Scott of Moorpark HS has been electric on the year, and Friday night Scott proved why he is already a sought after recruit. Moorpark was victorious over Simi Valley Friday night 33-7, and Scott rushed for a game-high 168 yards on 24 carries. Scott scored on a seven yard touchdown run to begin the second quarter.

Lewis Impressive in Victory

Malachi Lewis of Rio Mesa (CA.) is one of the most versatile prospects in California. Friday night, Rio Mesa defeated Pacifica 62-21, and Lewis ran wild. Lewis finished the night with 119 yards rushing on 13 carries, including scores of 27,11, and 3 yards.

Samson sets up league title showdown

In only his 2nd start back from a leg injury, Samson Szakacsy led his Camarillo team to a 23-0 victory over Channel Islands to set up a league title showdown this week against Rio Mesa. It will be the third straight year that the two schools have met for the Pacific View League crown. Samson completed 9 of 16 passes on a night when his team ran for over 230 yards.


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