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Help wanted at Tailback U

4/17/2012

There is a need for tailbacks at “Tailback U” and the Trojans are looking to bring in two elite backs for this class.

The two highest rated tailbacks on the ESPN 150 -- Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glade, Fla./Glade Day) and Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Hertiage) -- both have offers from USC. Taylor even had a connection to USC running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu, who coached Taylor’s dad Fred with the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, both players have already made early verbal commits to other schools; Taylor to Florida and Bryant to Oklahoma.

Another primary USC target, Ty Isaac, checks in at No. 68 in the ESPN 150. Isaac, from Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy, has good size at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds and has many USC fans making comparisons to Marcus Allen with his smooth running style. Isaac is known to have a strong interest in Michigan but a good spring trip to USC in March has put the Trojans in a good position as well.

One name that USC fans will notice is absent from the ESPN 150 list is Justin Davis from Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln. Davis is the only in-state running back with a USC offer and he visited a Trojans spring ball practice with his family recently. He said the USC coaches did everything right on his visit and made him feel at home. Davis also visited Stanford recently and has a trip coming up to Washington with plans to make his college decision sometime in May.