On the Trojans current roster they have several impact players from the South like Joe McKnight, Kyle Moore, Keith Rivers, John David Booty and Patrick Turner. In this year's class Carroll went into Georgia and secured a commitment from four-star wide receiver Brice Butler.
Butler was recruited by nearly every school in the SEC and ACC and when asked why he decided to go all the way across the country to play his college ball he replied, "The coaches sold me. That's why I committed to USC, because of the coaches."
Brice Butler, like nearly every recruit in the Trojans 2008 class, was drawn to USC because of the competitive spirit that starts with Pete Carroll and flows throughout the entire program. "I like the coaching style. The way they like to get the guys real energized. They like to have fun but they also like to work real hard. That's the way I am," Butler said. "I like to be real fun and laid back, but when it's time to get to work, I work real hard and try to be the best guy out there."
Butler was certainly one of the best guys at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl this past week. Butler was the lone Trojan recruit on the East squad but wasted no time making a big impression on the coaches and observers. After just a few practices he was dubbed the "Jerry Rice of high school football" by the recruiting experts on hand.
"My strengths are running good routes. Going at the defensive back real hard and making the defensive back feel pressured," said Butler. "Getting them out of their back pedal and getting them out of their ease."
Butler received rave reviews for his route running ability and terrific hands. He has very good football instincts and was the most polished receiver on the East team. The 6-3, 188-pound wide receiver has the skills and savvy to see the field early in his career at USC.
Being from Georgia, the week in San Antonio was a chance for Butler to get to know his future teammates better and learn more about the west coast. "It's really fun. I get to talk to them about stuff. I'm from Atlanta so they get to tell me about California," Butler said.
Butler admitted that most of the talk centered on the recruit's dream of leading USC to another national championship. "Everybody is just trying to win a national championship. That's what everybody is talking about," explained Butler. "I have been talking with Matt Kalil, DJ Shoemate and Daniel Campbell and all them; we just want to get a ring. That's the goal."