USC center Marcus Martin is being projected as a second-to-third round draft pick by some analyst. NFL Draft guru Mike Mayock lists Martin as the top center in the draft and he recently met with the Saints, Eagles and Panthers.
Mayock lists USC wide receiver Marqise Lee as the third-best receiver in the draft.
Quarterback Ricky Town was in Atlanta last week for a combine and his family to the Journal-Constitution about his recruitment with USC.
“You know, Ricky never really spent time with Coach Kiffin when he was at USC. For us, when we went to the school, we didn’t get a lot of interaction with Coach Kiffin himself. The interaction with Coach (Clay) Helton and Coach (Ed) Orgeron was outstanding. But as parents, we didn’t have a lot of involvement. USC was one of the few schools that didn’t involve the parents, per se.”
Former USC guard Bryce Jones (now Bryce Dejean-Jones) led UNLV in scoring last season at 13.6 points per game. But he is transferring to Iowa State for his final season. He will be eligible immediately because he already graduated.
Lane Kiffin said last summer he did not celebrate anymore when a recruit committed because a commitment was often meaningless in today’s flip-flopping world of high school recruiting.
The same might start being said of a scholarship offer. USC’s offered 68 players so far for next year. Does that mean they want those players? Maybe. But how many are just being offered as a fallback in case someone else doesn’t commit.
Or worse, if a three-star committed today, would he be jettisoned later if the four-star wants to come? Of course. So an offer is great moment for a recruit, it just doesn’t guarantee a scholarship . . . anymore.
Josh Shaw said at the start of spring practice he would play cornerback next season. He is sitting out the spring because of a foot injury. But today Steve Sarkisian hedged a bit when talking about who starts at safety.
“Potentially we could have Josh Shaw back there too,” he said.
One scenario is Adoree Jackson comes in and quickly wins a cornerback spot and then Shaw can move back to safety. Or maybe someone else develops (I doubt it) and Shaw moves back. Otherwise he plays cornerback.