Oregon coaches are scheduled to visit Long Beach Poly safety John “Juju” Smith tonight. Steve Sarkisian was at Long Beach Poly this morning to visit the highly regard safety.
UCLA is currently ranked 17th by Rivals. USC is 34th. Who will end up with the higher-ranked class?
USC coach Steve Sarkisian is at Long Beach Poly this morning visiting with safety John “Juju” Smith.
All three will announce on ESPNU: Here’s the schedule: Damien Mama 8:30 a.m., Adoree’ Jackson 11 a.m.; John “JuJu” Smith 12 p.m.
With limited scholarships and USC waiting to hear from the big three (Adoree Jackson, Damien Mama, John Smith) there could be some hard choices in the next week. One could be whether USC takes linebacker Fred Warner (a midweek visitor) or cornerback Lamont Simmons.
Does USC need a four-star LB more than a three-star CB? That’s the dilemma.
There were some reports Wednesday night that former Washington assistant coach Tosh Lupoi would be cleared of any wrongdoing regarding allegations he paid for online classes and tutoring for a recruit.
Lupoi is a free agent following a mutual separation agreement with Washington. It is too late obviously for Lupoi to come to USC. But if he is cleared, this would also let Steve Sarkisian off the hook for any potential sanctions from the NCAA. So that would come off as a huge relief to Sarkisian.
Meanwhile, backup quarterback Max Wittek said Wednesday he would transfer to another school. And linebacker Fred Warner made his official visit to USC on Wednesday. He is currently committed to BYU.
Will it be embarrassing if Notre Dame starts its football stadium improvements before USC starts any renovations at the Coliseum? The Irish expect to start within two years. USC said it will take at least a year before anything is done, including things that might not be considered huge changes like replacing seats.
The St. John Bosco offensive linemen said he will pick between USC, Alabama and BYU but pretty much everyone expects him to commit to the Trojans. The bigger question for Mama might be if he goes on Mormon mission.