Football Recruiting Roundup
USC is at it again.
After staying off the radar on the recruiting scene over the past few weeks, the nation's top recruiting machine received commitments last weekend from Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) defensive lineman Averell Spicer, Rio Mesa (Oxnard, Calif.) defensive back Kevin Thomas and Charter Oak (Covina, Calif.) defensive back Will Harris.
Spicer, who chose USC over Florida State, is rated the No. 11 defensive lineman and No. 65 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. He had 82 tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles and five pass breakups this season.
Thomas, meanwhile, is rated the No. 8 defensive back in the country by SchoolSports.com. He finished this season with 81 tackles and two interceptions and picked USC over Cal.
Harris, who had 89 tackles and five interceptions (returning two for touchdowns) this season, committed to USC over Cal and Arizona State.
In another interesting development, North Babylon (North Babylon, N.Y.) senior running back Jason Gwaltney de-committed from West Virginia and now lists his top three schools as USC, Ohio State and West Virginia. He will make his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.
Gwaltney will move into the SchoolSports.com National Top 100 when we update our rankings around National Signing Day in February. He rushed for 2,880 yards and 45 touchdowns this year while leading North Babylon to the Class II Long Island title. He is Long Island's all-time leading rusher (7,800 yards) and scoring leader (828 points, including 135 touchdowns).
USC did, however, take a big hit on the recruiting front this week when assistant head coach/defensive line coach Ed Orgeron was named head coach at Ole Miss yesterday. Orgeron had served as USC's recruiting coordinator since 2001 and played a big role in the Trojans landing top recruits over the past few seasons.
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While USC had an impressive week on the recruiting trail, Miami and Tennessee each picked up two Top 100 recruits as well.
The Hurricanes received commitments from Naples (Naples, Fla.) linebacker Spencer Adkins and Washington (Houston, Texas) offensive lineman Reginald Youngblood.
Adkins is rated the No. 4 linebacker and No. 31 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. He picked Miami over Georgia, Florida and Florida State.
Youngblood chose the Hurricanes over LSU, Texas and Oklahoma. He is rated the No. 7 offensive lineman and No. 40 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com.
Tennessee's stellar commitments include Harding Academy (Memphis, Tenn.) linebacker Todd Cox and Cathedral Prep (Erie, Pa.) linebacker Andre Mathis.
Cox is rated the No. 5 linebacker and No. 39 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. He committed to Tennessee over Miami, Florida, Auburn and USC.
Mathis picked the Vols over Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa and Florida. He is rated the No. 17 linebacker and No. 91 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. He had 85 total tackles (including 31 solo stops), 1.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries this season.
Tennessee also received a pledge from stud offensive lineman Malcolm Rawls of East (Memphis, Tenn.).