Big Recruiting Weekend set for Trojans

It could be a very interesting recruiting weekend coming up with a nice mixture of verbal commits in attendance along with some key prospects who are still undecided. This is expected to be the final "big" recruiting weekend for this class so the next few days could go a long way in helping to fill out the precious few remaining spots in this class.

Visit List

Marc Tyler (RB, Oaks Christian)
Marshall Jones (DB, Oaks Christian)
Anthony Gildon (DB, Oaks Christian)
Joe McKnight (RB, J.T. Curtis)
Malcolm Smith (LB, Taft)

The presence of Tyler and Jones at the top of the list will give the Trojans a pair of well-known commits who can help persuade the uncommitted players. Tyler and Jones were on hand during the recent Army Bowl week and they spent plenty of time with McKnight. Two other players who were at the Army game, Chris Galippo and Everson Griffen, will also be on hand this weekend as unofficial visitors to help with the USC sales pitch. The fact that Griffen will fly to Los Angeles on his own dime, he will stay with Galippo while he is in town, gives you an indication of how important this weekend is to the other recruits. They know that McKnight, Smith and Gildon are all top priorities for the USC coaches and they want to do everything they can to help bring them in.

Tyler and McKnight seemed to have a very good relationship in San Antonio and McKnight made comments that week which suggested he would have no problem sharing a backfield with Tyler if both ended up at SC. Joe made it clear that he "would like to be a part of what is going on at USC right now". This weekend could go a long way in solidifying those solid feelings that McKnight already has for USC but he will also face severe local pressure to stay closer to home and sign with either LSU or Alabama.

It's also safe to say that Tyler and Jones will be important to have on the trip with Gildon. Anthony gave a verbal commit to Oregon over the summer but then the Trojans came in with an offer early in the fall. If Anthony had waited a little longer before giving a verbal, it's probably safe to say that he would be a Trojan by now. As it is, he is trying to decide between keeping his commit to the Ducks (where he would be teamed with fellow Oaks Christian teammate Casey Matthews) or changing his mind and joining the Trojans.

Malcolm Smith says he will decide between a final three of USC, Cal and Notre Dame and he has already visited the other two schools on his list. Malcolm, who is the brother of USC receiver Steve, is a different kind of player than his brother and he could end up at several different spots. Malcolm is another player who is friends with Marc Tyler (do you notice a pattern here with Tyler when it comes to recruiting?) and we probably won't have to wait too long after the visit to hear a final decision from Malcolm.


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