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Star-studded weekend for Los Angeles schools

Posted on: January 15, 2011 6:41 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2011 1:28 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer 

The high in Los Angeles was a toasty 80 degrees Saturday afternoon. With weather like that, it’s easy to see why millions live there and millions more come to visit every year. It’s also easy to see why USC and UCLA are hosting their biggest recruiting weekend of the year. Both schools are bringing in a star-studded list of recruits from all over the country, both committed and uncommitted. 

USC commitments such as wide receiver George Farmer, running back De’Anthony Thomas, defensive tackle Antwaun Woods, defensive ends Greg Townsend Jr. and Steve Dillon, guard Marcus Martin and linebacker Kent Turene are in for their official visits. Although this is not Turene’s (from Sunrise, FL) first visit to campus, it should go a long way in keeping his commitment firm after taking visits to Nebraska and Tennessee. 

Head coach Lane Kiffin and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron are looking to grab some of the uncommitted prospects in for a visit such as tight end Junior Pomee, athlete Marqise Lee, tackles Cyrus Hobbi and Aundrey Walker, linebacker Lamar Dawson, running back Buck Allen and safeties Marcus Roberson and Enrique Florence. Of that group, Pomee, Lee and Hobbi are the best bets to eventually sign with USC but none are sure things. Keep an eye out for Utah cornerback commit Ryan Henderson to possibility put on the Trojans hat as well. Not hurting the Trojans’ cause, the recruits will be staying at the posh J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live a few miles from campus. 

UCLA will have to overcome coaching uncertainty with their high profile list of visitors. Offensive coordinator Norm Chow is working out the details with the school for his departure to Utah and his replacement, former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Johnson, hasn’t officially come on board so he can’t recruit this weekend. Head coach Rick Neuheisel still hasn’t hired a defensive coordinator either. 

The remaining coaching staff will look to shore up the commitments of linemen Jake Brendel, Torian White and Ben Wysocki and linebacker Ryan Hofmeister. One of the top defensive ends in the nation, Jermauria Rasco is also coming into visit but it is highly unlikely that he picks the Bruins. Several other recruits who are committed elsewhere or uncommitted are defensive tackle Danny Shelton, tight end Conor McDermott, cornerback Stefan McClure, receiver Devin Lucien, defensive end Puka Lopa and tackle Fou Fonoti. Look for the Bruins to land one or two off this list despite the coaching turnover. 

For all of the athletes on their official visit, especially the ones from out of state, this isn’t a bad weekend to visit either school at all.

Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2011 12:25 pm

Star-studded weekend for Los Angeles schools

I heard all 25 visitors over this past weekend just LUVED SC and LA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2011 7:05 am

Star-studded weekend for Los Angeles schools

Killing? Based on what? So far, their three rivals to the north - Cal, Stunfurd, and DuckU - are right with the Toejams, according to the ratings released by most major recruiting evaluators. And that's also predicated on both Wittek and Kessler, who won't see the field at the same time ever; a waste of limited scholarships.

Though I'm sure the weekend recruiting party at the ultra-expensive Marriott was completely above board... everyone knows how forthright and honest ol' Lame Kitten can be.

Cheat On!

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2011 7:01 am

Star-studded weekend for Los Angeles schools

If only either team had a real coach, then everyone else would be worried.

Kiffin has a marginally winning record at 15-11... only .576 as a CFB HC. Don't add his Raiders stats - its too ugly.
and IMO that crap HC record was largely due to well-coached upper classmen he inherited on UT and USC teams.
And his daddy's defenses.

Only in LaLaland does a storied program like USC hire a BS artist like Kiffin, especially after a 7-6 season with another coach's players and getting outcoached / beat down by Frank Beamer's hokies (a real coach and much better choice for USC) in the chick-fil-a bowl.

Good luck with that.

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2011 4:38 am

Star-studded weekend for Los Angeles schools

While they want to use the 15 limit for 2011, with the appeal decision coming after signing day, it is likely the start date for the sanctions could be pushed back a year, but that is probably not what SC will do.  As for the technicalities of the 15 limit in 2011, USC only used 20 of their 25 in 2010, but lost 3 players who the NCAA let decommit and transfer, plus 2 other players who early enrolled (EE) count towards 2009 when USC also did not use all 25.  That means USC only used 15 in 2010, so they have room for 10 EE's in 2011, plus their 15 for 2011.  Except, they also cannot exceed 75 total.  At this moment, USC can sign 15 for 2011 and 4 EE's toward 2010 and stay at 75 total.  If any incoming seniors or red shirt juniors declare for the draft, that will make more room towards the 75.  They could fill those spots with up to 6 EE's.  Of course, finding more players to EE this late is not easy, and losing 6 upperclassmen to the draft won't help the quality of the team.  The final option is that these are verbal commits, and some can still change before signing day.  The visits don't matter at all towards the scholarship limit.  USC does not do what many schools do to create room in the 75 (85 for those schools), namely pulling scholarships from returning non-seniors.  It is possible that a player or two that USC lost to injury in 2010 may be unable to return to football for their remaining careers, and they would be given medical hardships and their numbers would be released for the 75 limit.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2011 8:08 pm

Star-studded weekend for Los Angeles schools

15 scholarships is 15 scholarships.  All programs have transfers and players who go pro.  All programs have walk-ons.  All teams have busts.
USC received some of the harshest penalties handed out in the last 15 years.  Kiffin isn't Carroll.

The reduction of scholarships means the busts, transfers, and NFL declarations make a bigger impact.  If Texas can have a year like 2010 with all 85, imagine what could've happened with just 65.  Just an example.

Stars and blue chips gaurantee NOTHING, but (don't get me wrong) I'd take as many 5 star players as I could get.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2011 4:57 pm

Star-studded weekend for Los Angeles schools

For those wishing that SC had gone into the Black Hole after the 2 yrs probation was handed out....THINK AGAIN!!!!!  SC will have one of the TOP RATED RECRUITING CLASSES THIS YEAR.....AS USUAL!!!!!  For thos naysayer, go back into you caves, yes SC might have one more year on probation, but based on this year recruitng class plus the talent that have in the stable, when they come off probation SC will be in then TOP 10 as usual.  As for UCLA sorry to say, with the many coaching changes coming down the pipe, its shows no sign of stability, Good Old Slick Rick just got rid of his DC and now Chow is out and now he's hiring the OC form the 49er's, didn't the 49ers have issue on Offense this past year and he's going to create miracle......WOW.  Whihc Kool-aid are thy drinking.  Doe sone think that Slick Rickwill be there after this year!!!!!  So if SlickRick doesn't produce, I might give him this year and posssibly next yea before they cut the ties no matter how slick he is, or if they do keep him, maybe he knows where the skeletons are located.....  Kiffin at least has a winning college record where Slik Rick has lost his Mojo.  So let the Top Recruits come to SC and see what winning is all about.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2011 4:28 pm

Star-studded weekend for Los Angeles schools

USC just landed Amir Carlisle RB

Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2011 3:16 pm

Star-studded weekend for Los Angeles schools

USC is killing it in recruiting! Why is anyone even shocked LOL. SC does this every year, pulling in top recruits nationally.

Fight On!

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2011 2:59 pm

Star-studded weekend for Los Angeles schools

Yes, USC is limited by the number of scholarships they can offer but there are loopholes such as grants and financial aid.  Many recruits will walk-on and redshirt.  If there is a way to work the system, Lane will find it!

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2011 2:21 pm

Star-studded weekend for Los Angeles schools

Goodole, No offense intended. But what makes you think coaches are public officials? 

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