The Weekly Wrap

With Signing Day, a sweep of UCLA in men's volleyball and the 2009 recruiting class quickly taking shape it was another exciting week for USC sports. SCPlaybook gets you caught up on all the news you may have missed.

Signing Day

The Trojans made a big splash on Signing Day surprising fans and experts alike by adding the commitments of three four-star recruits Nick Perry, T.J. Bryant and Uona Kaveinga.

When Signing Day was over the Trojans had the ninth rated class by Scout.com. The Trojans' 2008 class consists of 19 recruits and has been called "the big class" by Pete Carroll because of the 10 linemen that are included in the class.


D.J.Shoemate and Matt Kalil
"It's been a really exciting year for us in recruiting. This is a little bit different year than we've had and it was really necessary for us to address these roster issues and we had to load up on a couple spots," said Carroll. "You will see by the numbers how evident it is by the 10 linemen that we've taken in this class.

"It's an exciting group of guys. It's a championship class again. We think of this class as a big class because of all the big guys involved in it."

The 2008 class hasn't received the hype of classes in years past, but this class addresses the Trojans' needs along both the offensive and defensive line and is filled with playmakers across the board and high character kids, which have been a staple of Pete Carroll's recruiting classes.

The class is headlined by Tyron Smith, Matt Kalil, Nick Perry, T.J. Bryant and D.J. Shoemate. The theme for the 2008 class was quality over quantity.

"It's a great class. Guys that are going to excel in the classroom. Guys that are going to come in here to try to make a spot for themselves right off the bat. Part of the active competition. We're really pleased about it," said Pete Carroll at his Signing Day press conference.

Chris Metcalf Commits to USC

The Junior Day, which the USC coaches hosted on Feb. 2nd, continues to pay off for the Trojans 2009 recruiting class. The meet and greet for the top recruits on the west coast helped land De'Von Flournoy and Patrick Hall last week and this week Compton HS LB/S Chris Metcalf became the latest player from the group to commit to USC.

Metcalf was offered at the Junior Day but took a week to discuss his plans with his family before he called the USC coaches on Saturday to let them know his plans.

"Yeah, I committed today. I talked to coach Ken Norton Jr. today. I've been thinking about it ever since Junior Day," Metcalf explained. "I talked to my mom about it every day; I talked to my coach about it every day. I even talked to my players every day. My players are telling me ‘just do what your heart tells you to do'."

In the end Metcalf followed his heart and committed to USC. The 6-1.5, 190-pound athlete plays linebacker for Compton HS but will most likely play safety at USC.

Metcalf is the ninth commit for the Trojans in the 2009 class which already includes 5 of Scout.com's top 100 juniors.

Trojans Split in Washington

The Trojans trip to Washington started off with an impressive win over the Huskies but the trip quickly went south as USC suffered a 24-point loss to the No. 17 Cougars on Saturday.

On Thursday OJ Mayo had a spectacular performance leading the Trojans to a 73-59 win over the Washington Huskies in Seattle. Mayo had perhaps his best game at USC scoring a game-high 29 points but it was his intensity on the defensive end that sealed the victory.

The Trojans were tied with the Huskies 38-38 early in the second-half before exploding with a 19-0 run. With the surge the Trojans took a commanding lead and never looked back winning the game, 73-59.

On Saturday the Trojans faced the No.17 Washington State Cougars and looked out of sync the entire afternoon. The Cougars tough defense held the Trojans to a season-low 19 points in the first half.

On the day the Trojans shot just 36.4 percent and the Cougars took control in the second-half to hand the Trojans their worst loss of the season, 74-50. It was the Trojans' first road loss in five games.

This week the Trojans face the UCLA Bruins on Sunday, Feb. 17th at 7:00 p.m. PST at the Galen Center.

USC Sweeps UCLA in Men's Volleyball

The No.11 USC men's volleyball team completed a regular season sweep of the fourth ranked UCLA Bruins with a win last Wednesday at Pauley Pavilion. The Trojans won in three games, 30-24, 30-24, 30-24, behind the spectacular play of Juan Figueroa (15 kills), C.J. Schellenberg (12 kills) and Murphy Troy (11 kills).

The sweep was the first time USC has defeated UCLA twice in a row since 1991. The Trojans win was also their second straight victory over UCLA at Pauley Pavilion, a feat the Trojans hadn't accomplished since 1990.

With the win second-year USC head coach Bill Ferguson improved his record to 3-1 against legendary UCLA coach Al Scates.


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