Recruiting dominates this segment.
Q: gilligan said:
What are the odds that USC is able to land Cyrus, Townsend and Moala? Thanks.
A: Greg Townsend has USC in his final three. I kind of wonder why he hasn’t already committed when he is in Southern California but I still think he ends up at USC . . . if USC wants him badly enough. Cyrus Hobbi does not strike me as a make-or-break recruit however USC’s offensive line situation is so desperate, they probably need him. It’s pretty open and Arizona State is the leader. USC also leads for Moala, which makes sense. The question is with 15 scholarships, how many defensive linemen can USC afford to take?
Q: uscmike said:
In a recent poll question, you asked which USC home game in 2011 will be the toughest. You listed Oregon St. as a choice, even though USC does not play Oregon St. next year. (You also excluded Utah, a definite contender for toughest game.) It seems like you didn’t bother to look at a 2011 schedule.
So here is my question:
“Who goofed? (And Why?) I’ve got to know.” – Howard Cosell
As always, Scott, thanks for the Open Forum. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you.
A: Luckily, I was wrong, so USC won’t have to worry about facing Mike Riley or Jacquizz Rodgers next year.
Q: Jay#42 said:
California is a HS football powerhouse, our teams are ranked nationally, 1 in top 5, 4 in top 25, 5 in top 30
8 in top 50, 9 in top 75, 10 in top 80. Long Beach Poly and Crenshaw didn’t even make the cut. Why are we recruiting Out of state?
A: Because this is actually a down year in Southern California at some spots, such as offensive line. And Pete Carroll’s great teams focused on a few out-of-state targets that made a class special (Mike Williams, Dwayne Jarrett, Brian Cushing, to name a few).
But I appreciate your point. The backbone of every class must be local players. Lane Kiffin recognizes this. One reason he left Tennessee is because he needed to recruit outside the state just to survive. He could do much better than survive by recruiting only California.