Chris Leak still looks to be the top option and the Trojan coaches have made multiple trips to
Player we liked – Kyle Wright chose
Player we liked –Emeka Nnoli is a pounding fullback who will head to Stanford.
Plenty of talent still available at this spot. Steve Smith set the
Player we liked – Anthony Hill from
Drew Radovich was the top tackle around, a guy who has a chance to play on Sundays eventually, and the Trojans are ecstatic to get him. Drew has amazing lateral quickness and is still growing so after a couple years with Chris Carlisle the results will be scary for opponents. Ryan Kalil is a nasty football player who will begin his Trojan career as a center. Travis Draper has terrific athleticism and he will be a guard. The top two choices remaining are Sam Baker and Joe Thomas from
Player we liked - Ryan Harris came to the USC vs ND game and was so impressed with the dominating performance by the Trojans that he gave a verbal to the Irish a few days later.
What a tremendous group. Lawrence Jackson leads the way as the sack master who brings great size and speed to the end position. Chris Barrett has been nicknamed "the Freak" and he is as physically ready to step in and contribute as any player we will sign this year. Chris could also see action as a tight end if needed so at this point we will not take a player at that spot in this class. Alex Morrow is not the recognizable name of a Jackson or Barrett but he could be a major sleeper in the class. He has a non-stop motor and is very quick for his size, in fact he is so big that he could end up as a defensive tackle. Jon Turner was a national heavyweight youth boxing champ at age 13 and is explosive off the ball. Fili Moala was injured for the majority of the season but this large, large man will be ready to compete on the field next fall. There are still a lot of interesting options left for the Trojan coaches along the line. Manuel Wright should find out soon if he will qualify and enroll in the spring. Ryan Watson and Carnell Stewart are teammates from
Player we liked – Brian Soi could have played on either side of the ball for the Trojans but will stay in his home state.
Drean Rucker was the most physically impressive linebacker at the LA Nike Camp this year and he should fit right in at the middle spot for the Trojans. Drean brings a high intensity level to the game and he is a ferocious hitter. Thomas Williams can play either inside or outside, he is a very disciplined player and has excellent speed. Salo Faraimo has agreed to grayshirt to enter in spring 2004 if needed. He is scheduled to begin his career as a weakside backer. Lamarr Woodley could be the top player left on the board, regardless of position, and he could star for the Trojans at either SLB or DE. Lamarr is down to USC and
Player we liked – DeMario Pleasant was a high priority for the staff until he committed to
The fact that Darnell Bing has qualified and will enter in the spring automatically makes this a successful class for the secondary. He is a special player and will likely make an immediate impact for the Trojans. Ryan and Brandon Ting are looking to enroll this spring as well so that they can take part in spring ball. These two have good size and excellent quickness plus Ryan can also play wide receiver if needed. The athleticism of Eric Wright caught the attention of the USC coaches last spring and they immediately offered a scholarship. Eric also starred at RB but will concentrate on corner for the Trojans. Terrell Thomas is primarily a safety but his long arms make him a candidate for corner as well. Regardless, he is a priority for this class right now. Pete Carroll likes playmakers and no player fits that description better than Desmond Reed. His numbers on the year were staggering and he has long been considered a USC lean but it's getting down to crunch time with available scholarships. There are a couple out of state longshots. Donte Whitner is one of the most physical corners around and we had to take a run at him as long as he showed interest but the prevailing thought is he will end up a Buckeye. LeRue Rumph missed an earlier visit but may re-schedule. Another interestion option will be Chijoke Onyenegcha. The reports of this man-child corner from City College of San Francisco have raved about his combination of size and speed. He is known to be looking at the Trojans and the fact that he will not enroll until fall helps our chances.
Player we liked – Donte Nicholson may be a great player but he sure has a hard time making up his mind. Good luck in
Tony Hunt is an imposing physical specimen who can star at either running back or linebacker. He plays high school football for Riki Ellison, the former star Trojan linebacker. Tony gave a verbal to the Trojans following his recent recruiting visit but is still taking trips to schools such as
Player we liked – Ernie Sims was interested in the Trojans and scheduled a visit to the USC summer camp. Unfortunately he suffered an injury two weeks before the camp and didn't make the trip.
The coaches were interested in bringing in a kicker for this class and they evaluated several players, Sergio Aguayo received a long look, but they have not offered any scholarships to this point.