Tag:USC Recruiting
Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:31 pm

Georgia nabs another top recruit in Kent Turene

Posted by Adam Jacobi

If the Georgia Bulldogs underwhelmed on the field in 2010 -- and they most certainly did, finishing 6-7 with a bowl loss to UCF -- you'd never know it by the Bulldogs' recruiting class, which is currently in MaxPreps' Top 10 and just got better with the addition of linebacker Kent Turene.

In a rare miss for Lane Kiffin and USC -- who have been absolutely solid today -- Turene decommitted from the Trojans in January and opened up his recruiting to several programs, including Georgia. USC stayed in the hunt, though, and Turene narrowed his choices to USC and Georgia before making his decision today.

While both schools' classes would still be Top-10 caliber without Turene's services, this is still a big recruiting win for the Bulldogs as they strengthen their defensive front seven. Turene can play inside or out for Georgia, and he might even benefit from a move to defensive end to make the most of his explosive athleticism.

More Signing Day coverage is here at CBS. 

Posted on: February 2, 2011 11:38 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 12:29 pm

USC piles on with Heyward and Allen

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Say what you will about him, but there's no way to argue with this: Lane Kiffin is one heck of a recruiter.

He's proven it again today, having already added a pair of big out-of-state commitments early and building on that momentum with two more major signings in the lunchtime hour: Point Loma (San Diego) defensive tackle Christian Heyward and Javorius "Buck" Allen of Lincoln (Tallahassee).

Heyward (pictured) is Maxpreps No. 9 defensive tackle, an agile 6'3", 280-pounder who should provide a big boost to the Trojans' interior pass rush ... and something of a blow to the Trojans rivals at Oregon, who Heyward passed over in order to sign with USC. Allen, meanwhile, is a 6'1", 210-pound horse of a running back who chose the Trojans over offers from schools like Florida State, Georgia, and other Southern heavyweights. He should become a major factor on short-yardage downs for Kiffin and could become a workhorse every down back.

With the additions, USC currently sits at No. 5 in the Maxpreps team rankings, and it might be too soon to count out Kiffin from finding a way to move his team up as Signing day rolls on.

More Signing Day coverage is here at CBS.
Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:49 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 12:36 pm

USC grabs two out of state blue chippers

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Flight restrictions were not part of the sanctions placed on USC by the NCAA . That much was clear Wednesday morning as the Trojans pulled two blue chip players from high schools that normally send their players off to college in cars, not planes.

News leaked a bit early but Glenville (OH) offensive tackle Aundrey Walker spurned heavily-favored Ohio State by faxing his letter of intent to USC. Walker is MaxPreps’ ninth-ranked offensive tackle and fills a huge area of need for head coach Lane Kiffin and company.

Glenville had been known as a Buckeye pipeline recently, sending players such as Ted Ginn Jr. up the road to play in Columbus.

Danville (KY) linebacker Lamar Dawson was another player to surprisingly don the cardinal and gold. A Kentucky lean for most of the recruiting process, Dawson visited Tennessee last weekend on an official visit and late reports out of Kentucky had him heading back to Knoxville for college. In a ceremony streamed live online, Dawson ended the suspense and said he was actually heading west.

“I will be attending the University of Southern Cal,” Dawson proudly proclaimed.

Dawson is MaxPreps’ sixth-ranked inside linebacker and 69th in Tom Lemming’s Top 100 . The two pickups push the Trojans into the top five in the MaxPreps’ Team Rankings .

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