Tag:Steve Dillon
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:27 pm
 

USC makes Steve Dillon signing official

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Though we linked to a story in this morning's recruiting roundup, USC just made defensive end Steve Dillon's signing official. The official release is below:

Steve Dillon, a 6-3, 265-pound defensive lineman from Palmdale (Calif.) High, has signed a letter of intent with the USC football team, Trojan head coach Lane Kiffin announced today (March 16).

Dillon becomes the 31st member of USC’s 2011 football recruiting class, a group that some experts ranked among the best in the nation. Eight of those signees already have enrolled at USC for the current spring semester and will participate in spring practice, which begins on March 22.

Dillon’s 2010 senior honors included Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area second team. He had 74 tackles, including 19 for losses (with 9 sacks), in 2010.

As a junior in 2009, he made All-CIF Western Division as he had 31 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and a blocked kick on defense and 6 catches for 144 yards (24.0 avg.) with 1 TD plus 1 rushing TD on offense.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:28 am
 

3/16 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Certainly an entertaining start to the NCAA tournament with the First Four in action last night. We're slowly getting closer and closer to the real madness this weekend.

- USC has finally signed defensive end Steve Dillon to a letter of intent. Dillon did not sign with the Trojans on Signing Day due to academic issues.

- Some more on Mario Edwards Jr.'s decision to commit to Florida State last night.

- Wide receiver Austin Aikens of Florida powerhouse Plant High has picked up an offer from Vanderbilt.

- Arizona, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas Tech are just some of the schools who are heavily recruiting offensive lineman Keenan Allen.

- Quarterback Colby Brown was one of the youngest players at the Orlando Elite 11 last weekend but he was also one of the most impressive.

- Offensive lineman Dan Voltz has committed to Wisconsin.

- Miami is off to a pretty good start with the class of 2012.

Posted on: February 20, 2011 11:13 am
 

Class comparison: USC vs. UCLA

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're still digesting the class of 2011 and what better way to look at it than through the lens of two rivals. USC and UCLA have a bitter rivalry but it's been a bit one-sided on the recruiting trail for the last decade. Rick Neuheisel didn't have as many scholarships to hand out for the class of 2011 but in the end, that didn't matter that much.

USC vs. UCLA
Quarterback

Cody Kessler and Max Wittek vs. Brett Hundley. USC has always been able to pluck the best quarterback from Southern California and this year they grabbed not one, but two of them (and got them to enroll early to boot). That said, Hundley is an exciting quarterback and it would shock no one if the early enrollee was the starter coming out of fall camp. He should fit in the Pistol offense better than any other UCLA quarterback under Neuheisel.

Running Back
 

Javorius Allen and Amir Carlisle vs. Steven Manfro. Allen is a bigger back that should vie for playing time after a redshirt year as USC’s backfield thins out. Carlisle is a very versatile guy and is a steal (literally, from Stanford) in this class.

Wide Receiver
 

George Farmer, Victor Blackwell, Junior Pomee and Marqise Lee vs. Devin Lucien. Not only does USC beat UCLA four-to-one in terms of numbers, Lucien might not be as talented as any of the four wide outs the Trojans bring in. Farmer is the top wide out in the country and would have been enough to tilt this category in favor of USC alone.

Tight end

 

Raymond Nelson and Connor McDermott. USC didn’t sign a tight end in this class, though Pomee could add weight and slide inside. McDermott’s height might make him an offensive tackle at the next level but he’s very athletic. Nelson is a solid fit and could see early playing time.

Offensive Line
 

Jeremy Galten, David Garness, Cyrus Hobbi, Marcus Martin and Aundrey Walker vs. Jake Brendel, Will Oliver, Torian White and Ben Wysocki. Both teams were thin at the offensive line and they both addressed their needs. USC grabbed two of the top interior lineman in the country in Hobbi and Walker and also grabbed some junior college players to help with the numbers. Brendel could be a sleeper and White was one of the better lineman from Southern California.

Defensive Line
 

Charles Burks, Greg Townsend Jr., J.R. Tavai, DeVante Wilson, Christian Heyward, Cody Temple, Antwaun Woods and Steve Dillon vs. Sam Tai, Kevin McReynolds and Brandon Tuliaupupu. Townsend, Woods and Heyward are three players with all-league potential and there’s no telling with the rest of the group once Ed Orgeron gets his hands on them. McReynolds should see early playing time and also has the tools of an all-conference performer.

Linebacker
 

Lamar Dawson, Dallas Kelley, Tre Madden and Anthony Sarao vs. Ryan Hofmeister, Mike Orloff and Aaron Wallace Jr. UCLA picks up several players with high upside, especially the physically impressive Wallace. USC grabs players who will be expected to help out right away and talented out-of-staters Dawson and Sarao are two very good gets for linebackers coach Joe Barry.

Secondary

Ryan Henderson and Isiah Wiley. UCLA didn’t sign a single defensive back in 2012, which is hard to believe. Henderson is very nice prospect and Wiley should be able to get into the rotation right away.

Overall
 

Call it a knockout in favor of the Trojans, this one wasn’t even close. UCLA was limited in the number of scholarships they were able to give out but then again, USC was supposed to be too. In the end, the Trojans signed double the number of players, which is quite amazing and a credit to how good a recruiter Lane Kiffin is. Given the sanctions, one would have expected UCLA to take advantage with this class but it appears they took advantage of no one in the class of 2011.

 
 
 
 
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