Class Size

If you count Donovan Warren, USC has about 13 commitments right now. There’s only about five players left the Trojans are recruiting, which means this could be a smaller-than-expected class, considering the number of scholarships made available in the past month through academics and transfers.

Recruiting Battles

UCLA dropped out of the running for Long Beach Poly cornerback Donovan Warren today, leaving USC and Michigan as his final two choices. Warren, who wants to go to a BCS school, is expected to commit to USC. A player USC hoped to get late, Verbum Dei defensive end Justin Edison, committed to UCLA.

Today’s Schedule

USC coach Pete Carroll visits wide receiver Deonte Thompson of Belle Glade, Fla., and takes one more stab at convincing offensive guard James Wilson of Ponte Vedra, Fla., to honor his original commitment to the Trojans.

Padded Walls

Visitors to Dedeaux Field will notice the wooden fence was torn down and replaced with a padded chain-link fence. However, in an effort to improve the atmosphere, new coach Chad Kreuter did not put padding on the fence by the parking structure or the tennis courts, to allow fans a chance to watch games from the outfield.

Fighting The Irish?

USC coach Pete Carroll is scheduled to visit with Marvin Austin, the No. 1-ranked defensive tackle in the country, today. But we also hear Carroll might visit tight end Mike Ragone, who committed to Notre Dame almost nine months ago.

Sixth-Year Unlikely

Fullback Brandon Hancock is leaning against returning for a sixth season. Hancock said he does not want to jeopardize his future health and recently met with a surgeon who is a family friend but will seek one more opinion regarding his past knee injuries before making an final decision not to return.
Last week the NCAA approved a sixth year for Hancock. USC already has his scholarship for next season because Hancock was going to pay for the fall semester himself.

Back On Track

USC women’s basketball player Brynn Cameron is shooting between 700-1,000 jump shots per day, working out with a personal trainer and fully recovered from last year’s hip injury. Cameron was cleared to begin working out New Year’s Day and is on track to play against next season.
It will be quite a comeback after she gave birth to Cole Cameron Leinart last October. Cameron’s already attended several USC women’s basketball games. Perhaps more impressively, she completed classes at USC last semester despite giving birth and could graduate on time.

Spring Doubt

Safety Kevin Ellison underwent knee surgery Jan. 2 after tests revealed a hole in the bone when he hyperextended it during the season.
Ellison is wearing a full-leg brace for two more weeks and said he is unsure if he will participate in spring practice.