With some recent commitments, USC is now ranked No. 9 by Rivals.com in the 2016 recruiting rankings. USC’s got 13 commitments overall and an average ranking of 3.62 stars, which ranks fifth-best in the Rivals player rankings.
Robert Kennedy (left) and actor Robert Vaughn greet USC students after Kennedy’s speech at Bovard Auditorium on Nov. 4, 1965. It was almost exactly five years after John F. Kennedy addressed USC students a week before he was elected President. Robert Kennedy visited a plaque on campus that memorialized his brother’s speech.
The parade of the three stars continues as USC received a commitment today from Keyshon Camp of Lake Gibson, Fla. At least Camp was offered by Alabama, which is a good sign. He is another three-star prospect per Rivals, like tight end Cary Angeline of Exton, Penn., who committed yesterday. That’s six straight three-star commitments for those keeping score at home.
Here are the jersey numbers for USC’s first-year players. Maybe most interesting is Leonaard Williams’ No. 94 goes to defensive lineman Rasheem Green. Safeties Marvell Tell (7) and Iman Marshall (8) are the single-digit entries while quarterback Sam Darnold gets No. 14. Linebacker Osa Masina is wearing No. 58 with the blessing of Rey Maualuga.
Full list after the jump:
The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas released some early betting lines and here are some select USC games: The Trojans are four-point favorites over Stanford; one-point underdogs at Arizona State; whopping 19-point favorites over Washington; an interesting pick’em with Notre Dame; seven-point favorites over visiting Utah; a 7-point favorite over Arizona; 12-point favorites at Colorado and three-point favorites over UCLA.
USC catcher Garrett Stubbs won the Johnny Bench Award last night, which goes to the nation’s top catcher. Stubbs was the Pac-12 defensive player of the year, a first-team All-American, the MVP of the Lake Elsinore Regional, threw out 52.8 percent of baserunners and also stole 20 bases. Above, he accepts the award from the legendary Bench.
Recruiting is always an inexact science and coaches are entitled to have different opinions. But the news Thursday night that wide receiver Amari Rodgers, the son of USC wide receivers coach Tee Martin, committed sounded excited. At least two recruiting analysts said the 5-foot-9 junior was “great” at the Rising Stars camp.
So obviously the recruiting services are behind the curve with Rivals giving him only three stars, right? And college offers too as Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Duke, LSU and Ohio University were the only other offers. Sometimes a big summer leads to a flood of other offers.
It also means USC’s now taken four straight three stars because linebacker Jordan Iosefa, who was unranked when his commitment went public last week, is suddenly a three-star recruit in the rankings. That’s called covering your bases.
Here’s an interesting nugget from a column by my former Daily News colleague, Jill Painter Lopez, on Diddy’s visits to UCLA football practices.
“He would park his luxury cars just outside of the gate to the football field, where there are no parking spaces, just walkways reserved for emergency vehicles and delivery trucks. A place where you or I would get towed. A few hundred yards away sits a parking structure for $12 a day.”
Bishop Amat wide receiver Tyler Vaughns attended again today although he was not participating in workouts. Linebacker Mique Juarez, who is a “soft” commit and ranked No. 1 at his position, attended yesterday but went to the UCLA camp today. Salesian cornerback Deommodore Lenoir performed well and might draw a scholarship offer from USC now.