Announcement Time

Long Beach Poly recruits Vaughn Telemaque and Jurrell Casey officially make their college choices tonight at 10:30 p.m. We hear they already committed to USC a couple days ago. This would hardly be a surprise, especially because Casey’s pretty much been locked in to USC since last spring.

Don’t Forget The Broken Soft-Serve Machine

EA Sports will visit the Galen Center tomorrow night to gather information on the arena for its March Madness video game.
“Everything that makes the Galen Center, its fans, and USC unique will be captured, including arena architecture, student section seating, crowd chants, school fight songs, cheer team, and mascot routines.”
Five arenas will be selected for the game and one will be available before the others online for free download, depending on who receives the most votes at this website: www.marchmadness08.com
Maybe the Pauley Pavilion version can include the USC band and song girls when you pit the crosstown rivals against each other.

Keep Them Guessing

When safety D’Anton Lynn of Celina, Texas, showed up to take a picture at the Dallas Morning News, he arrived with a USC hat, Oklahoma hat and a Penn State sweatshirt. Lynn is officially considered a “soft verbal” for Penn State.

About Rankings

USC is an unimpressive 18th in the latest Scout.com rankings, but I’ve consistently said that team rankings are too subjective in recruiting. When USC was always No. 1, it was a dose of nice publicity, but that’s not what makes the Trojans a perennial title contender.
Besides, I’m reminded of Billy Packer’s recent quote. “This may make all the recruiting experts angry but (O.J.) Mayo is a good player, he is not a great player . . . he could be a good player. He is not a great player.”
That was a criticism directed at the recruiting experts, not Mayo.