Five-Star Prospects USC Has a Legit Shot At

Let's take a look at Scout.com's five-star selections and see which schools are leading the recruiting derby.

As you probably know, Scout.com employs a five-star system, ranking players from one to five stars, and is careful in handing out the top number. In fact, only 35 players from the 50 states earned a five-star ranking.

We thought you might be interested in knowing which schools were listed most often as possible college sites for the five-star players.

Well, surprise, surprise, surprise -- guess who's listed by the most five-star recruits? Yes, Pete Carroll, his recruiting coordinator son, Brennan, and a hard-charging coaching staff have done it again, winning the five-star derby by one (10 to 9) over defending national champion Florida and Southeastern Conference contender Georgia.

We should point out that there's minor glitch. Running back Malcom Jones of Oaks Christian listed USC as a school of interest, but Scout.com believes there is no chance he'll wind up with the Trojans. We are, however, forecasting an elevation in the ranking of wide receiver Robert Woods of Serra High in Gardena from four stars to five. In fact, Woods may wind up as Scout.com's No. 1 receiver in the nation. And, we should add, there's an excellent chance Woods may choose USC as his final destination.

Besides Jones (and Woods), other five-star performers listing USC as a school of interest are No. 4 Jeff Luc, a middle linebacker from Port Saint Lucie, Fla., linebacker Jackson Jeffcoat (7) from Plano, Tex., running back Lache Seastrunk (8) from Temple, Tex., linebacker Jordan Hicks (10) from West Chester, Ohio, wide receiver Kyle Prater (11) from Hillside, Ill., cornerback Lamarcus Joyner (18) from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., safety Sean Parker (19) from Narbonne in Harbor City, tight end Xavier Grimble (21) from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, and defensive end Ronald Powell (34) from Rancho Verde in Moreno Valley. Grimble has committed to USC.

As mentioned above, Florida and Georgia were second to the Trojans, each with seven. Others in the top group are Oklahoma and Alabama, 8; Notre Dame and LSU, 7; Ohio State and Tennessee, 6; Miami of Florida and Texas, 5; UCLA , Stanford and Florida State, 4, and Michigan, 3.

Other Pacific-10 Conference with five-star players listing them as schools of interest are Arizona State and California with one each.

Of the 35 players earning five stars, 19 already have made commitments. They break down this way: schools with two commitments are Oklahoma, Ohio State, Georgia, Texas, Alabama and Penn State. Those with one commitment are USC, Notre Dame, Florida, BYU, North Carolina, Baylor and Tennessee.

UCLA is a longshot on all four of those listing the Bruins, but Stanford may have a chance on a couple of players listing the Cardinal.

There will be changes in rankings as those charged with doing evaluations see players perform for their high school teams this fall. We'll keep you posted.

USC Hall of Fame columnist Loel Schrader contributed to this article.


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