Top 10 Football Recruit Classes: No. 1 USC
No. 1. USC
Last year, SchoolSports ranked USC's 2003 recruiting as the No. 10 recruiting class of the past 10 years with recruits such as running backs Reggie Bush and Lendale White, who ended up making a significant impact on the field this past season for the co-national champions.
Which is why it's scary to think that this year's class for the Trojans could actually be better than 2003's and why SchoolSports.com ranks it as the No. 1 football recruiting class of 2004.
Leading the way for this year's class is Lake Mary High (Fla.) LB Keith Rivers, who's rated the No. 2 overall recruit in the Class of 2004 by SchoolSports.com. The 6-foot-3, 228-pounder is simply a tackling machine, using his 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash to make plays all over the field. This past season, he had 111 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two sacks and two interceptions.
Loveland High (Colo.) OL Jeff Byers, the nation's top offensive lineman, also inked with the Trojans. The 6-foot-4, 274-pound center became the first lineman ever to earn Gatorade National High School Player of the Year in the award's 19-year history. He's rated the No. 6 overall recruit in the country by SchoolSports.com.
With star sophomore receiver Mike Williams entering the 2004 NFL Draft, USC's most important recruits could be Rogers High (Ohio) WR Fred Davis, Long Beach Poly WR Derrick Jones and New Brunswick High (N.J.) WR Dwayne Jarrett.
Davis, who's rated the No. 17 overall recruit in the country by SchoolSports.com, has already enrolled at USC and will participate in spring practices for the Trojans according to the USC athletics website.
Last season, the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder had 420 yards receiving, 580 yards rushing and 12 total touchdowns. He also had 70 tackles and three interceptions as a defensive back. He'll play wide receiver at USC.
Jones, the nation's No. 27 recruit, is one of the fastest wideouts in the country with a time of 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He caught 49 passes for 892 yards and 10 touchdowns this past fall, giving him 88 receptions for 2,366 yards and 26 touchdowns the last two seasons for an amazing 26.9 yards-per-catch average.
Meanwhile, Jarrett is a receiver with a knack for finding the endzone as both a wideout and a return man. This past fall, he had 26 total touchdowns with five coming on 15 punt returns. He's rated the No. 38 overall recruit in the Class of 2004 by SchoolSports.com.
Other Top 100 recruits who signed with the Trojans include: No. 18 Jeff Schweiger Jr., a defensive lineman from San Jose Valley Christian High (Calif.); No. 53 Thomas Herring, an offensive lineman from Los Angeles Fremont High (Calif.); No. 75 Dale Thompson, a tight end from Santiago High (Calif.); and No. 77 Rocky Hinds, a quarterback from St. Bernard High (Calif.).
Check back in next week as SchoolSports.com unveils the No. 2 football recruiting class in the Class of 2004.