National Letter of Intent Day: Slim Pickins
USC #1 in Recruiting Again–For 2009
National Letter of Intent Day (LOI) is upon us and this class has all the potential to close out with a dull thud. Most national recruits that USC is interested in have already made their choices; the announcements may just be anti-climactic. SCPlaybook takes a look at who's left and what to expect in the coming days.
The landscape of national recruiting has changed drastically over recent years. Ten years of internet and recruiting websites have changed a once exciting process into something of a madhouse rush. Before our very eyes, the recruiting process has undergone a drastic change in the last year. Wit: UCLA and Notre Dame nailing down their recruiting classes nine months before LOI this year. The rest of the top-10 recruiting classes have been up there for a while as well.
Counterpunch: Pete Carroll, ever the competitor, entertained twenty high-level recruits the weekend before LOI. The catch is that those recruits are for next year's class. Through the weekend, Carroll offered some recruits and USC received a few verbal commits. Other schools have had junior days already or will have their junior days in the coming weeks.
The biggest get for USC this recruiting season may possibly be the eight commits inked for the 2009 class. This list reads like a Who's Who in California preps football. The commits for this class include Matt Barkley, Morrell Presley, Marquis Simmons, Kevin Graf, T.J. McDonald, Randall Carroll, Patrick Hall and De'Von Flournoy. Nice jump on 2009.
So who's left on the board for USC to fill out this 2008 class? Not much, but we will go down the list and discuss the possibilities. We will discuss recruits who have received an offer and have shown interest in USC still remaining on the board.
WLB Jerrell Harris Scout.com 4-star, Gadsden, AL Popular thought is that he will stay in the South. The Harris camp has been quiet the last couple weeks. Don't Count the Trojans out.
DE Nicholas Perry Scout.com 4-star, Detroit, MI It's cold in the Midwest. When attending his official visit, the temperature in Michigan was 7 degrees, upon arriving in Los Angeles, it was 70. This impressed Perry and his brother. After his trip to Los Angeles, Perry named USC as his favorite. Days later, he recanted and said he did not have a favorite. His family wants him to be geographically close. They have entertained moving to Los Angeles as a family. Possible Trojan commit.
CB T.J. Bryant Scout.com 4-star, Tallahassee, FL Hard to get a recruit out of Tallahassee. He'll stay in the South.
CB Joe Adams Scout.com 4-star, North Little Rock, AR One name. Broderick Green. Another name: Arkansas. With fellow Arkansas players, Green, Mitch Mustain and Damian Williams at USC, hard to see Adams not committing to the Trojans.
WLB Uona Kaveinga Scout.com 4-star, Lawndale, CA All quiet on the western front. The former UCLA verbal switched alliances then had USC as a favorite. He visited BYU and was awed by the experience. He then became a BYU verbal. Word is his mom wants him to go to BYU, but he and his father prefer USC. One word: hometown. Popular opinion is that he'll be a Trojan. Mom and religion is a strong pull, look for him to stay with BYU.
S Vaughn Telemaque Scout.com 4-star, Long Beach, CA Throughout his recruitment, he favored the Trojans. The last month or so, he entertained Oregon and even Michigan. On announcement day, he said, "Miami has always been his dream." Okay.
ON THE LIST BUT NOT VIABLE:
DE Devin Johnson Scout.com 4-star, Glendora, CA Don't understand this one. He said he took USC off the list because he's missing a class. There's always summer school. He probably never seriously entertained the Trojans.
THE BOTTOM LINE
When it's all said and done, the Trojan class may break the top 10. In all likelihood will be ranked 10 when the dust settles. Pete Carroll learned the hard way that recruits will not wait for him to make up his mind. Carroll took the lesson to heart. USC will be ranked #1 in recruiting. In 2009.