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WR Fields commits to USC

October, 24, 2013
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The white sleeves three-star receiver Shay Fields Jr. (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) wore on his arms throughout the spring and summer were not only a fashion statement, but they were also indicative of where his heart was.

The sleeves, with a USC Trojans logo plastered front and center, were a visible representation of his goal. Yet, for Fields, heading to USC was not a possibility until he landed the coveted scholarship offer earlier this month.

It did not take long for Fields to jump on the offer, as he announced his commitment to the Trojans on Thursday.

"I feel great now," Fields said.

The process developed quickly. Shortly after the firing of Lane Kiffin, USC coaches Tee Martin and Ed Orgeron attended a St. John Bosco game in which Fields caught four touchdowns. A couple days later, Fields had the offer he had hoped for. He visited the Coliseum for USC's game against Arizona on Oct. 10 and came away impressed by the newfound intensity.

Fields visited Boise State this past weekend and announced his decommitment from the Broncos upon returning home. His sights were clearly set on USC.

For the Trojans, who signed only one receiver in the 2013 class in four-star prospect Steven Mitchell (Pasadena, Calif./Bishop Alemany), it's an important step following recent decommitments.

Fields became the eighth member of the 2014 class and second from St. John Bosco, joining four-star defensive end Malik Dorton.

Early Offer: Starks back in action 

October, 16, 2013
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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: After transferring to Cherry Creek in Colorado, four-star running back Nathan Starks was finally able to get back on the field last Friday night, and that could help his recruiting stock; USC continues to make a strong local push; and the battle for one of the nation’s top defensive backs is getting heated.

WR Brown shows what he can do 

June, 3, 2013
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Although proven that it's here to stay, there is still some debate over the merits of the club 7-on-7 season. Injuries on the field and some unsavory elements off of it are usually brought up as reasons to stay away. But on the other side of the discussion sits wide receiver Erik Brown (Fontana, Calif./Summit).

Brown entered the spring 7-on-7 circuit without a scholarship offer, but used it to turn himself into one of the most sought-after receivers in California. He holds 15 offers now, after adding his most recent one from Notre Dame. Brown said he first took notice of what could be accomplished on the spring circuit last year.


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Corona (Calif.) Centennial was the place to be for college coaches this past Thursday, as the Huskies went through their spring showcase event designed to give schools from every level a chance to evaluate the juniors and top underclassmen. More than 30 schools were represented, including coaches from Alabama, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Washington.


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Calhoun adds an offer from USC 

March, 13, 2013
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D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) couldn't hide the disappointment when he came away from USC's junior day last month without an offer. The 6-foot, 200-pound linebacker felt he would pick up an offer at the event, but it never came.

Several weeks later, Calhoun was called out of class by his coach and was surprised to hear the USC coaches on the other end of the line.


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Bolton intrigued by USC's defense 

February, 25, 2013
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While the exact form and function of the USC defense under new defensive coordinator Clandy Pendergast is still something of an unknown quantity, at least one prospect who attended USC's junior day this past weekend is excited for the change.


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Mahalak arrives on USC's radar 

February, 24, 2013
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Morgan Mahalak (Kentfield, Calif./Marin Catholic) will be one of the more interesting recruits to watch in the West region this spring and summer.


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2014 CB Jackson finally lands USC offer 

January, 22, 2013
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ESPN Watch List cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) has accumulated a number of scholarship offers since the end of his junior season, with a pair of SEC schools even entering the fold. Yet, one local school always was missing from his ever-growing list.

That changed Tuesday when Jackson finally received an offer from USC.


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Trojans 25th in Way-Too-Early Top 25

January, 8, 2013
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Alabama CheerleadersStreeter Lecka/Getty ImagesAlabama, with three of the past four national titles, is No. 1 in the Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2013.

There's still seven months before the start of the 2013 season, and the teams and their order figure to change frequently, but it's never too early to take a look at the Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2013.

And with three national championships in the past four years, there's no reason to change the team that's on top. After a tough 2012, USC has some ground to make up at No. 25.

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USC offers 2014 DE Allen-Williams 

October, 14, 2012
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Fast-rising Class of 2014 defensive end Bryson Allen-Williams (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove) bagged his ninth scholarship offer on Saturday, adding one from USC assistant coach Ed Orgeron.

"That was a big moment," the 6-foot-3, 233-pound Allen-Williams said. "USC is one of the greatest educational institutions in the country. The football program has one of the biggest traditions. I don't have top list of schools right now but if I did, USC would be up there. Being from Georgia, USC is appealing. It's right in L.A. It's glamorous."

The Trojans have three commitments in next year's class -- offensive linemen Toa Lobendahn (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood), Jordan Poland (La Jolla, Calif./Country Day School) and Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) -- hypothetically leaving them with only 12 remaining spots.

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2014 OL Casey Tucker commits to USC 

July, 18, 2012
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Chalk up another recruiting win for the hottest college football program around.

USC landed a commitment from class of 2014 offensive tackle Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) on Wednesday, adding to offensive line pledges Toa Lobendahn (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood) and Jordan Poland (La Jolla, Calif./Country Day) in next year's recruiting class.

The coaching staff has been successful in building a star-filled 2013 class that includes 11 recruits ranked in the ESPN 150, but Tucker's quick commitment is an indication that USC is far from content.

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While putting together a tremendous 2013 recruiting class, the USC Trojans have also started work on the 2014 class, hitting the offensive line hard with commitments from tackle Jordan Poland (La Jolla, Calif./Country Day) and guard Toa Lobendahn (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood). And while it appears that Lane Kiffin and staff could stop at two offensive linemen in this class, they'll likely race by that number next year, as an additional offer was extended over the weekend to offensive tackle Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton).

Tucker is the latest in a string of Arizona big men that have been sought after by the Trojans, which includes Christian Westerman, Cyrus Hobbi and Andrus Peat. USC is scholarship offer No. 9 for Tucker, and the Trojans join programs such as Boise State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Washington in the race for the 6-foot-6, 270-pound tackle. And it's a race in which USC finds itself out front.

During an unofficial visit this weekend, Tucker had an opportunity to meet with head coach Lane Kiffin and offensive line back James Cregg.

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The USC Trojans continued to add to the conference’s top recruiting class on Thursday night, as the No. 8 class in the nation picked up a commitment from wide receiver Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica). The four-star receiver is the No. 150 recruit in the country and earned an offer from Lane Kiffin and the Trojans after his performance at USC’s recent skills position camp.

After receiving the offer, LaRue wasn’t sure how long he would take with his recruiting process. He said that while his initial plan was to wait to make a commitment, he could wake up at any point feeling ready to announce. The receiver took an unofficial visit to Washington State this week, but returned home on Thursday and committed to the Trojans during an unofficial visit to USC.

"That visit [to Washington State] was me weighing my options," he said. "In a sense, I always knew I wanted to be at USC, but I wanted to make sure it was right fit. They offer best education in the country--a private school education at a prestigious university. And on the football side, they are ranked No. 1 in the nation and have a fan base that so strong throughout the world."

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New offers give Toby Johnson 25 

June, 18, 2012
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With Monday offers from Boise State and Mississippi State, junior college defensive tackle Toby Johnson (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson Community College) now has 25 schools that have extended scholarships.

Considered one of the elite junior college players in the country, Johnson has the recruiting game in the palm of his hands. He has offers from all of the major FBS conferences, including USC, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Tennessee, Nebraska and West Virginia. In addition to Monday’s offers, he was offered by Arizona last Monday.

The good news for every program that’s offered is that Johnson currently has them all on equal turf.

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One of the most highly-recruited receivers in California added another offer to his growing list on Sunday, as the USC Trojans told Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica) the good news. LaRue impressed enough during USC's one-day skills camp that head coach Lane Kiffin pulled the 5-foot-11, 180-pound receiver into his office.

"Excitement just overwhelms your body," LaRue said of the feeling of receiving an offer from USC. "It's a big thing getting that offer. Especially when you're from here -- I grew up right down the street from USC -- that's big."

LaRue adds the USC to offer to those from schools such as Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Boise State, Texas A&M and UCLA. The Trojans offered a slight twist during their camp, flipping all the wide receivers to cornerback and cornerbacks to receiver early in the day. But LaRue said his offer definitely came on the offensive side of the ball.

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