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USC targets on the move in final ESPNU 150

1/19/2012
USC recruiting target Davonte Neal shot up the ESPNU 150 ranks, as he is the No. 1 athlete and No. 8 overall prospect in the country. Davide De Pas for ESPN.com

While the No. 1 ranked players stayed consistent in the final release of the ESPNU 150, there was a shakeup in the top 10, as USC targets Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) and Andrus Peat (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol) staked claims to the No. 8 and No. 9 spots in the country, respectively.

Both players became five-star members of the ESPNU 150 and Neal becomes the No. 1 ranked athlete in the country, jumping 21 spots. Their performance all week at the Under Armour All-America Game aided in their climb. Peat finished as the No. 2-ranked offensive tackle, jumping seven spots overall.

Another big riser was Oregon State commit Isaac Seumalo (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis). The push from USC coaches to land the offensive guard has been well documented, and his jump from No. 63 to No. 19 in the ESPNU shows why the Trojans and Beavers are so eager to land his signature. Seumalo is now the No. 1 offensive guard in the country.

Similarly, defensive tackle Leonard Williams (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) took advantage of a dominant showing at the Under Armour All-American Game to jump from No. 107 to No. 50, becoming the No. 5 player at his position. Williams will be on the USC campus this weekend for an official visit.

Among USC verbal commitments, Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) will no doubt be smiling, as he jumped 15 spots to No. 105 overall, and also became the No. 1-rated tight end in the country.

Jabari Ruffin (Downey, Calif./Downey) slid up one spot to No. 36, and also experienced a position change, moving from the No. 6-rated athlete to the No. 4-ranked outside linebacker.

Offensive tackle Max Tuerk (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita) slid from No. 54 to No. 63, but moved up one spot and is now considered the No. 9 tackle in the country.

Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif./Crespi) basically held steady, sliding from No. 87 to No. 88 overall.

USC still has four verbal commitments in the ESPNU 150.