Saturday night was a prime example of what college football is all about, and the Trojans' 44-24 victory at the Coliseum showed the Trojans clicking on all cylinders. Trojan and Irish fans were not the only ones to enjoy the game, as USC hosted an incredible list of visitors for the rivalry game against the Irish.
Five-star defensive end Everson Griffen of Agua Fria HS (AZ.) was in town on an official visit to SC, and here are his thoughts on the trip and his upcoming decision. Agua Fria will resume playoff action this week as they take on Saguaro HS.
Griffen was not the only Arizona native in town, as Salpointe Catholic five-star offensive lineman Kristofer O'Dowd also took in the sights and sounds of the Coliseum during his official visit.
Da'John Harris has kept relatively quiet on his recruitment, but the five-star defensive tackle recently admitted that USC is a heavy leader after the Notre Dame game.
Another official visitor at Southern Cal this weekend was Terrance Toliver of Hempstead HS. Here is an update done on Toliver and his thoughts on his most recent trip.
Martez Wilson from Illinois also made an offical vist. Here is an update done on Martez along with his thoughts on the trip.
The USC football program has been the talk of the university over the past couple years, but they may need to make room for another up-and-coming sports program, men's basketball. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Tim Floyd and staff, the Trojans secured verbal commitments from five-star prospects O.J. Mayo and Davon Jefferson this past week. But this week the basketball program made news again when they picked up the verbal commitment of the nation's number one point guard in Brandon Jennings. Here is an update on Jennings and his commitment to USC.
Jones Proves He Can Carry the Load
With the recent season ending injury to USC commitment Marc Tyler, Marshall Jones, another SC commit, has had to step up and carry Oaks Christian through the playoffs. Jones had another solid performance Friday night against Morro Bay, racking up 115 yards on 18 carries in the 49-17 victory. Jones reached the end-zone four times on the night, three on the ground and one through the air. Oregon commitment Anthony Gildon hauled in three passes for 84 yards and a score. Oaks Christian will take on Harvard-Westlake this Saturday at Valley College.
Scott Still Racking Up Yards
Junior running back Darrell Scott has been putting up big numbers throughout his junior campaign, and the playoffs have been more of the same. Scott and his Moorpark HS teammates defeated Saugus 37-15 this past weekend, advancing Moorpark to a semi-final match-up with Hart (Newhall). Scott rushed for 271 yards on 21 carries, reaching the end-zone four times in the victory. Scott now has 2,820 yards and 41 touchdowns on the season, and will look to add to those impressive totals this weekend.
Austin Leading Ballou in a Close One
Marvin Austin and his Ballou HS teammates took on Dunbar HS this past Thursday, who had defeated Ballou earlier in the year 27-20, eventually squeaking by to a 34-33 victory. Austin was his usual self, causing havoc in the backfield, compiling twelve tackles and two sacks in the victory. Austin was in town on an official visit to SC this past weekend.
Best Solid in Victory
Salesian's 14-8 victory over Ferndale Saturday featured one of the nation's more explosive backs, Jahvid Best. Best had a very solid performance, finishing the night with 199 yards rushing on 39 carries, putting his season total to 3,023 yards. Best found the end-zone once in the victory, scoring from 24 yards out.
Orange Lutheran Advances Orange Lutheran has not had the cake walk through the playoffs that many expected, and Friday night's victory over Compton was yet another test to a solid Lutheran team. Lutheran won the contest 26-12, and Aaron Corp finished the night throwing for 124 yards, connecting on 13 of his 17 passes. Corp did not throw a touchdown, but managed to find the end-zone once on a 44 yard touchdown run, finishing the night with 11 carries for 85 yards. Junior tight-end prospect Blake Ayles finished the night with four receptions for 39 yards.
Servite Season Over
Servite HS and Edison HS faced off in a playoff match-up that pinned future Trojans against one-another. The game came down to the end, but Edison HS managed to hold off Servite 28-21. Five-star linebacker Chris Galippo of Servite HS found the end-zone once on the ground, eating up 15 yards for the score. While the loss to Edison may not have been the way senior linebacker Chris Galippo planned on going out, he is now ready to move on to the next chapter of his life. I recently spoke to Chris about his off-season plans and the recent Notre Dame game.
Poly Moving On
Long Beach Poly is advancing in the playoffs after their 31-21 victory over Notre Dame HS Friday night. Senior Bryshon Nellum returned a punt 44 yards for a touchdown, helping Poly advance to face Orange Lutheran this week.
Carswell Huge in Playoff Win
Milpitas HS defeated Santa Teresa 47-6 Friday night, and USC recruit Brandon Carswell had a huge game. Carswell connected on 11 of his 15 passes for 185 yards, throwing a pair of touchdowns in the blowout. Carswell also ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns on the ground on 16 carries, finishing the night with 276 all-purpose yards.
McKnight near Perfect in Victory
I for one am baffled at the lack of touches Joe McKnight gets every game, but it's what McKnight does with those touches that makes him special. McKnight and his Curtis teammates ran through Homer HS 47-6, living to see another day in playoff football. McKnight finished the night with one run for 26 yards, four receptions for 76 yards, and a 40 yard punt return for a touchdown. McKnight scored on the ground, through the air, and on special teams in the playoff victory. Curtis will take on Clinton HS this week in semi-final action.
Norco Defeats Vista Murrietta
Previously unbeaten Vista Murrietta looked to extend its win streak on Friday night against Norco, but Jordan Campbell and his Norco teammates had other thoughts in mind. Campbell saw more action on the offensive side of the ball, scoring twice in spot action.
In Friday night's 43-42 victory over Wynne HS, Pulaski Academy could not stop Wynne defensively, so they did the next best thing, and that was leave it up to Broderick Green and company to shoulder the load. Green put up his usual solid numbers, rushing for 129 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Pulaski Academy is set to take on Greenwood HS this coming weekend.
Devine Efforts Not Enough
North Fort Myers' has had its fair share of close games this season, usually ending up with a "w" in the win column. But Friday night saw an end to North Fort Myers' season, despite the efforts of five-star running back Noel Devine. Devine finished the night with 130 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
Nease Searching for Repeat
James Wilson had a very busy weekend, immediately following his Nease HS semi-final victory over Seabreeze HS, he flew out to Southern Cal for his official visit. Nease defeated Seabreeze 24-14, and will advance to the finals against Lincoln HS. The game will be played on Gene Cox Stadium December 1st.
Coleman Ready for Prime Ticket
Martin Coleman and his Edison teammates defeated Servite HS this past week, and will look to continue their run deep in the playoffs against Santa Margarita Friday night at 8:00 PM on FSN Prime Ticket.