SCPlaybook Recruiting Notebook

With the winding road of recruiting coming down to the home stretch, SCPlaybook gets you caught up on all the news and notes from the recruiting trail. Look inside for the details.

Weekend Wrap

With the winding road of recruiting coming down to the home stretch, Pete Carroll and the USC coaching staff hosted three major recruits this weekend. Five-star linebacker Manti Te'o flew in from Hawaii for his much-anticipated official visit.

Landing the commitment of Manti Te'o, has always been a top priority for the 2009 class and with the news that Vontaze Burfict is seriously considering switching his commitment to Arizona State, it has become even more important.

From everyone that we have spoken with Te'o really enjoyed himself on his trip to Los Angeles. We spotted the five-star linebacker at the Galen Center on Saturday night watching the Trojans' 73-62 win over Cal with fullback Stanley Havili.

Rocky Seto and Taylor Mays sat a row behind Te'o during the game and kept the star linebacker company. Te'o's former high school teammate Abe Markowitz was also in attendance.

With the Departure of Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews and Kaluka Maiava the Trojans have a need for linebackers in this class and Te'o is the type of player that could have a legitimate opportunity to see playing time as a freshman.

The Punahou star is widely regarded as the most well rounded linebacker in the 2009 class because of his combination of size, instincts and tenacity.

Trojan fans have to like the fact USC was the last school that Te'o visited and the trip will still be fresh in his mind on Signing Day.

Te'o is down to USC, UCLA and ND, so he will be either a Trojan or a rival come Wednesday.

Also on the visit were USC commits Patrick Hall and Chris Metcalf.

USC Still in the Mix for Moore

Narbonne safety Byron Moore visited Colorado this weekend and had only positive things to say about the trip.

"The campus was beautiful, the coaching staff was really family oriented and all the surroundings were awesome," Moore said.

After the visit, he said he is still torn between USC, Notre Dame and Colorado.

"Notre Dame is a great academic school," Moore said. "They are kind of down but they are rebuilding, so I can go in and compete for an opportunity to play early.

"Colorado is another young team that loves to compete. They are another school I can go in and have an opportunity to play early, get a great education and play for a great coaching staff.

"USC is USC. They are always winning, competing and have Coach Carroll, who is one of the best DB coaches around."

When we broke Moore's de-commitment story on Jan. 23rd, USC appeared to be out of the running, but since that time the Trojans have come back into the picture and have a real shot to land the talented defensive back.

Moore was in contact with Charlie Weis, Dan Hawkins, and the USC staff on Sunday as all three schools made their final pitch.

The three biggest factors in his decision will be education, early playing time and the coaching staff.

He will announce his college choice at Narbonne HS at 7a.m. on Wednesday and it will be aired on ESPNU.

Telfort the Trojan?

Versatile athlete Frankie Telfort from Gulliver Prep in Miami (FL) is down to USC and the Florida Gators.

Trojan fans have to be encouraged by Telfort's remarks in a recent interview with SCPlaybook.com.

The three-star recruit raved about USC assistant coaches Ken Norton Jr., and Todd McNair. Telfort, who could play either linebacker or safety on the college level, was excited by the opportunity to play for USC linebacker coach Ken Norton Jr.

"The experience of him coaching me would be second to none," Telfort said. "It would just be incredible."

USC assistant Todd McNair has handled the recruitment of Telfort and has to be applauded for his efforts during the process. Mc Nair has done a great job recruiting and the two have built a strong bond.

"Man, he's like my big brother," Telfort said. "We play around and joke. He's a real cool guy and we vibe really well together."

The three-star athlete will announce on Signing Day, but admitted that he already knows which school he will choose.

Closing Time

A couple of weeks ago the list of soft commits seemed to be growing on a daily basis and the message board was stirring with nervous USC fans.

Since that time, Devon Kennard became a Trojan, wide receiver DeVon Flournoy announced he was a solid USC commit, defensive end James Boyd cancelled his visit to Washington and Patrick Hall decided to visit USC instead of taking a trip to Seattle.

Vontaze Burfict, Randall Carroll and Alshon Jeffrey remain USC's three soft commits.

After all the commotion and uneasiness during this recruiting year, Pete Carroll looks poised to pull in another stellar class, so remember to sit back and enjoy the ride.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions you can reach Kevin Carden at kevin@scplaybook.com


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