Thoughts on Booty verbal

Wow, what a fantastic start to this 2004 recruiting class for the Trojans. When Pete Carroll completed his most recent class there was some nitpicking going on from a few "experts" who said the Trojans couldn't be ranked as the #1 class in the country without taking a quarterback. So what does Carroll do? He simply goes out and quickly gets a verbal from a player who is being talked about as possibly the top national recruit.

Wow, what a fantastic start to this 2004 recruiting class for the Trojans.  When Pete Carroll completed his most recent class there was some nitpicking going on from a few "experts" who said the Trojans couldn't be ranked as the #1 class in the country without taking a quarterback.  So what does Carroll do?  He simply goes out and quickly gets a verbal from a player who is being talked about as possibly the top national recruit.

 

J.D. Booty is 6-3, 190 with a strong arm, pinpoint accuracy, great feet and impressive football genes.  He is the younger brother of Josh, a quarterback with the Cleveland Browns who also played five years of professional baseball, and Abram, a former wide receiver for the LSU Tigers. His high school, Evangel Christian in Shreveport, Louisiana, is known as a factory of record-setting quarterbacks with Josh's name currently sitting at the top of most lists.  J.D. figures to shatter those marks as he has already thrown for over 8,000 yards in his career with 88 touchdowns. 

 

This verbal is a shot which should reverberate throughout the recruiting world.  If there was ever a question as to whether or not the Trojans were back as a major national player this certainly provides the answer as a resounding yes.  This isn't a flaky junior giving a verbal just to get one in the bag while he continues to take a long look around at other schools.  The Booty's are a family who have been around the block in the recruiting derby and they know how the system works.  J.D. has long been a fan of life in Southern California ever since visits when he was younger and he is well aware of the offensive prowess which is possible at USC under the guidance of Norm Chow.  It was Chow who recruited Josh for BYU several years ago and the family kept in touch with Norm even after Josh eventually signed with LSU.  You can also be sure that the Booty's are well aware of the fact that the Trojans haven't signed a high school quarterback for the past two seasons, a rare depth chart occurrence at a top school like USC. 

 

J.D. knew all these factors as he flew to Los Angeles last week to catch a couple spring ball practices.  He was joined by his father and brothers as they took in the atmosphere of an absolutely beautiful Southern California weekend and an enthusiastic setting for the Saturday morning practice in front of a large gathering of Trojan faithful.  The coaches did their job while he was here, everything went smooth and in the end J.D. felt comfortable enough with what he saw to finalize his verbal and announce that he would be a Trojan. 

 

Are you paying attention Derrick Jones?  How about you Randy Estes?  My guess is you are.  The Trojans are already riding a wave of good fortune and are being strongly considered by so many top recruits but the commit from Booty is the kind of signing which still makes people stand up and take notice.  Welcome to the Trojan family, J.D., we look forward to following your progress throughout the year. 


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