Answer Thursday! (Part 3)

Recruiting questions abound.

Q: December 6, 2010 2:28 PM
PLH55 said:
You have long been an advocate of high school seniors not signing a letter of intent and of course you do not need to sign on signing day to receive a scholarship. Given a potential (at least now after the Cam Newton decision) appeal overturning the scholarship reductions won’t be announced until after signing day, do you see Lane Kiffin and staff encouraging potential signees to hold off on signing until after the decision comes back? It seems to me that if the appeal was denied, those players would still have opportunities elsewhere.

A: That is one possible scenario. But I don’t think it will really be necessary because the bowl ban would only have one more year and these recruits have had months to process the idea of NCAA sanctions. So I don’t think recruits will decide their choice based on whether USC wins its appeal or not.

Q: As commonly stated one of the positions of need is linebackers. So far we only have two committed and one is a soft verbal. There also does not seem to be many top linebackers which are uncommitted and considering USC. Do you see USC getting any more top LB this year (there seems to be Curtis Grant and Lamar Dawson, but both seem long shots)?

A: USC is currently looking at JC rosters to see if there are any linebackers out there who might be good enough to offer a scholarship. Tre Madden’s stock soared at Mission Viejo this year and he is going to be an impact player. But they need 2-3 more for this class..

Q: gotroy22 said:
Could you comment on the blood/crip issue with city recruiting and how the SC coaches are addressing it?

A: I’m not sure I follow you. Maybe you can expand on this for me.

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  • NJ Trojan

    I think RS SR Galippo(6-2, 250) will start at ML, JR Kennard (6-3, 250) will start at SL & RS SR S. Horton (6-0, 220) will start at WL. Unless 1+ incoming recruits are ready to play right away the likely #2s will be RS FR Pullard (6-2, 225) at ML, SR Cumming (6-1, 230) at SL & RS SO Simmons (6-1, 215) at WL. I think Vehikite (6-0, 220) will return to FB. For depth the coaches could turn to WO Will Andrew (6-2, 225) a RS SO out of Edison who played in 3 games this year.

    As noted above SC has commits from Kent Turene (6-3, 225) from FL & Tre Madden (6-1, 217) from Mission Viejo. But SC also has a commit from Charles Burks (6-1, 230) at Edison who reportedly projects at LB. I believe SC is also pursuing Lamar Dawson (6-2, 230) from KY, Jason Gibson (6-2, 210) at Serra & Lateek Townsend (6-2, 205) from So. Carolina as well as Devante Wilson (6-3, 213) from Corona another DE who reportedly projects at LB.

  • Bobo

    NJT – thanks for the very detailed update on a position of need. How are we looking at O-line? Scotty, take notes…

  • NJ Trojan

    I think RS JR Holmes (6-4, 300) will slide over to C & RS JR Markowitz (6-1, 280) will back him up. I think RS JR Reardon (6-5, 290) will start at OG & RS SO Martinez (6-2, 290) & RS FR DiPoalo (6-6, 295) will compete for the other starting spot. The loser should keep a spot on the 2-deep. RS FR Patrick Kim (6-3, 305) who turned down an offer from Mike Price at UTEP to WO at SC might have a chance as the other backup. RS JR Kalil (6-7, 295) & SR Smith (6-5, 280) should continue to start at OT but Smith could go pro. RS SO Graf (6-6, 300) would probably succeed him or be first off the bench. RS SR Coleman (6-5, 335) will have 1 more chance to prove he was worth 5 stars.

    I figure SC needs at least 4-5 OLs. If SC can’t get at least 5 OLs Kiffin might be able to slide Grimble (6-5, 245) to OT. Only 1 OL has committed so far: Marcus Martin (6-4, 310) from Crenshaw but he looks like a soft verbal. Keep in mind DT commits Antwuan Woods (6-1, 310) at Taft & Cody Temple (6-3, 285) from Bakersfield could end up on the OL too. Aaron Douglas (6-3, 285) a JC who TR’d from TN is looking at SC as is his teammate Korian Chambers (6-6, 350) & David Garness (6-5, 290) is another JC looking at SC. The primary HS targets appear to be Cyrus Kouandjio (6-6, 290) from MD, Cyrus Hobbi (6-3, 285) from AZ, Troy Niklas (6-5, 265) at Servite, Paulay Asiata (6-5, 285) from HI, Antonio Richardson (6-6, 285) from TN & Ryan Nowicki (6-5, 280) from AZ.

  • Bobo

    NJT – thanks again.

  • Bobo

    NJT – thanks again.