USC leads the Parade

Maybe it means something, maybe it doesn't. Whatever, a little research reveals that USC was a clear leader in Parade Magazine's 58-player parade of all-stars in the 2010 recruiting class.

Maybe it means something, maybe it doesn't. Whatever, a little research reveals that USC was a clear leader in Parade Magazine's 58-player parade of all-stars in the 2010 recruiting class.

Seven -- yes, seven -- members of the magazine's 47th All-America prep team will be with the Trojans when they commence practice this fall.

And the magazine's Player of the Year, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson from Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minn., will be among the new additions to the USC team. Also, the magazine selected Dillon Baxter from Mission Bay High in San Diego as its No. 1 all-purpose back. Baxter joined the Trojans at semester time this past January and has been enjoying an outstanding spring practice.

Other new Trojans who were selected by Parade for its All-America team were wide receivers Kyle Prater from Hillside, Ill., and Robert Woods of Gardena Serra, linebacker Hayes Pullard from Los Angeles Crenshaw, tight end Xavier Grimble from Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas and defensive tackle George Uko from Don Lugo in Chino.

The addition of these seven will give the Trojans a total of 20 Parade Magazine All-America selections, a piece of information that might persuade those who are prepared to leave USC off their preseason Top Ten list second thoughts. Yes, there still is championship talent at Troy.

Second to the Trojans in Parade Magazine's list of 2010 selections was Florida, which had five, followed by Texas with four.

UCLA, with two selections -- running back-linebacker Malcolm Jones of Oaks Christian and offensive lineman Chris Ward from Mater Dei -- and Cal, with defensive end Chris Martin from Aurora, Colo., were the only other Parade choices among Pacific-10 Conference schools.

Nine of the 58 players are from California.

It should be noted that Henderson joins two other elite athletes from Cretin-Derham -- 2000 Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke and 2001 Parade Player of the Year Joe Mauer, who went into baseball instead of college football and led the major leagues in batting for the Minnesota Twins last season with a .365 average.

Henderson (6-8, 310) also was a standout high school basketball player.


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