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 Malcolm Smith, Chris Galippo, Martin Coleman, Donovan Warren, Kristofer O'Dowd, Blake Ayles, Jahvid Best, and many more.

Best Day

Jahvid Best went from one of the best kept secrets in recruiting to a big time college prospect seemingly overnight. There is no questioning Best's ability on the field, and Saturday Best was back doing what he does so effectively, racking up stats. Best finished the 63-34 victory over previously unbeaten King's Academy with 415 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns. Best scored on runs of 18, 87, 4, 4, 6, 15, 28, and 46 yards in the blowout, leaving no doubt that he is a special player. Best needed 174 yards rushing coming into the night to break the single-season Bay Area rushing record, and he more than doubled the needed mark.

Knox Still Solid

Junior running back Milton Knox of Birmingham HS is one of the top juniors in the area, and Friday night Birmingham defeated El Camino Real 27-0. Knox rushed for 163 yards on 22 carries, playing in only three quarters of the game.

Defense vs. Offense

Nearly everyone knows of the talent on the offensive side of the ball at Oaks Christian, but it is the defense that has to date recorded a mind boggling stat. The Oaks Christian defense has given up 33 points this season, but scored 35 points, meaning that the Lions' defense alone could win ball games.

Oaks Christian took on league foe Santa Paula this past week, and moved on to a 56-0 victory. Marc Tyler finished the night with three touchdowns, and junior receiver Christopher Owusu had five catches for 177 yards and two touchdowns.

Devine Shows Up On Defense

Everyone is aware of Noel Devine and his offensive ability, but Devine recorded an interception in the 38-14 victory over North Ranch. Devine also rushed for 149 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown, leading his team to a 10-1 record on the year.

McKnight Not Getting Touches

It seems as if every time Joe McKnight touches the football, something special is going to happen. McKnight and his Curtis teammates took on Pine HS Friday evening, and McKnight did not get one carry all game. McKnight did manage to score however, reaching the end zone on a 39 yard reception. Curtis won the game 55-14, improving their record to 10-0.

Super Freak Runs Wild

Everson Griffen is one of, if not the most physically imposing high school prospect on throughout the country this year. Griffen and his Agua Fria teammates defeated Rincon 49-17, and Griffen was spectacular. Griffen finished the night with 129 yards rushing on 18 carries, racking up 4 touchdowns along the way. Griffen also finished with four tackles on defense, including on for a loss.

Galippo Becoming an Offensive Threat

Chris Galippo, the number one linebacker prospect in the nation, is beginning to broaden his resume. Galippo has become more active on the offensive side of the ball, and Friday night Galippo proved to be a threat through the air and on the ground. Galippo finished the night rushing for 57 yards and accumulating 41 yards in receptions. Galippo found the end zone twice, on a 22 yard run and a 29 yard reception in the 36-16 victory over Santa Margarita.

Corp Continues to Impress

Orange Lutheran defeated St. John Bosco Friday night 28-8, earning them a second place seed heading into the playoffs. Aaron Corp was 18-24 for 221 yards and a touchdown, also rushing for 33 yards on seven carries. Junior tight end prospect Blake Ayles had one reception on the night for eight yards.

Recruits at the Game

There is no doubt that this weekend's 35-10 victory over Oregon was huge, and plenty of top prospects were on hand to take it all in.
Click the following link to view the prospects in attendance for the big victory.

Poly Still Poly

After a rough start to the year, Long Beach poly is proving why this was no down year for the Jackrabbits. Poly defeated Lakewood 35-9, setting a huge game next week against Mater Dei. Donovan Warren did not have a huge night on defense, but did manage to make an impact on the offensive side of the ball. Warren carried the ball five times for 45 and a touchdown, also catching one ball for twelve yards. Junior defensive lineman Jurrell Casey finished the night with 10 tackles and a sack, also finding the end zone once on the offensive end of the ball.

Lewis and Szakacsy Square Off

Friday night set the scene for a showdown between two very impressive players, USC commitment Samson Szakacsy and Malachi Lewis. Rio Mesa got the better of Camarillo on the night, and Lewis rushed for 202 yards on 28 carries including two touchdowns. Szakacsy was not as impressive, failing to throw a touchdown pass in the loss.

Green Steady in Victory

USC commitment Broderick Green may not put up 200 yards a game, but he is helping his team win games. Green and his Bruin teammates defeated Siloam Springs 50-7, improving to 10-1 on the year. Green finished the night with 87 yards rushing on 17 carries while finding the end zone twice.

Campbell Finds Offensive Touch

Jordan Campbell finally received his shot on offense, and although Norco came up short this past weekend against Centennial, Campbell did find the end zone rushing the ball.

SC to Represent In San Antonio

One of the greatest honors a high school football player can receive is being nominated to play in the Army All-American Game. USC has many recruits and commits that will be play in the prestigious game, and here are their thoughts on being nominated.

Follow the link to read what Martin Coleman had to say about his nomination.
Click the link to read Coleman Army game announcement.

Follow the link to read what Chris Galippo had to say about his nomination, including photos from the ceremony.
Click the link to read Galippo Army game announcement.

Donovan Warren was recently selected to play in the Army All-American Game as well.
Click the link to read Warren Army game announcement.

McKnight Making Cuts

Joe McKnight is very well known for his cutting ability on the football field, but it was a different form of cutting that had schools hoping this week. McKnight recently named a top three, and USC was in there with Clemson and LSU.
Click the link to read up on McKnight and his recruitment to date.

Smith Getting Down to Business

Malcolm Smith of Taft HS has long been considered a Trojan lean, but Smith has recently opened up his recruitment a bit more. Smith has been relatively quiet on recruiting, but recently stated that UCLA, USC, and Notre Dame were on top for his services.
Click here to read an article done on Smith about his top list of schools, including USC.

Ayles Getting Offers

Junior tight end prospect Blake Ayles of Orange Lutheran HS (CA.) is a name to remember, and his offers seem to be increasing by the minute.
Click here to read up on Ayles and his early favorites.

Wilson to Take Trips

Five-star offensive lineman James Wilson of Nease HS (Fl.) committed to USC back in August. Wilson has shown no sign of wavering, but recently decided to take some trips. Wilson remains committed to the Trojans, but will take some trips.

O'Dowd Having Monster Season

Five-star offensive lineman Kristofer O'Dowd is one of the top priorities on the Trojan wish list. O'Dowd has had a very successful season thus far, and recently received an award rarely given to an offensive lineman.


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