As expected, cornerback John Battle committed to LSU over USC. Knowing the value of verbal commitments, USC will also continue to recruit Battle until Signing Day.
There are 11 former or current USC golfers participating at the U.S. Women’s Open and Lizette Salas is currently three strokes off the lead. Another former Trojan, Jennifer Rosales, is five shots back. And current USC golfer Doris Chen is eight shots behind.
The Pac-12 fares well when it comes to the NBA draft with seven players picked last night and as many first-round picks since 2008 as any conference except the ACC.
SELECTIONS BY CONFERENCE
FIRST ROUND SELECTIONS (2008-13)
Cornerback John Battle, who attended USC’s Rising Stars Camp, will announce his college choice today at 2 p.m. (PT). The Hallandale, Fla., native is believed to be down to LSU and USC with the Tigers a heavy favorite. How heavy? All 10 recruiting analysts with 247 sports predict Battle will choose LSU.
We now know the answer to whether Dewayne Dedmon should have turned pro early (not that we did not know beforehand).
But many teams worked Dedmon out, including the Lakers, who drafted 7-foot power forward Ryan Kelly from Duke. But Kelly can shoot.
Hassan Thomas, a 6-7 forward from Dallas who graduates in 2015, is making an unofficial visit to USC today.
The Trojans finished just behind Texas and ahead of Oregon. Stanford was No. 1. Among Pac-12 schools, UCLA was No. 3, California No. 17 and Arizona State No. 18. Full standings here.
The most intriguing thing to me about the Rising Stars camp was that David Sills (aka the Baby Quarterback) was joined by Josh Rosen of St. John Bosco and Ricky Town of St. Bonaventure.
So who looked best?
According to sources I’ve spoken to, Rosen was the most impressive performer and had the strongest arm. He is bigger than Sills, who committed to USC as an eighth-grader. He does not have a scholarship offer from USC yet, but Michigan, UCLA and Tennessee have offered him already.
All three QBs are from the Class of 2015, so when does USC offer Rosen? Or would that be politically incorrect with the highly publicized Sills committed?