Friday, August 16, 2013
WeAreSC recruiting mailbag
By Blair Angulo
WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every week. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it via Twitter @WeAreSCstaff or @bangulo.
Brandon Matthews, via @bcmatthews: Does SC have any shot at Connor Humphreys?
WeAreSC: A shot, yes, but it’s very slim.
Humphreys told me earlier this week he thoroughly enjoyed his April visit to USC and didn’t see any facilities this summer that are on par with the Trojans’ John McKay Center, but he didn’t initially include them in his top five. That might not be a great indication, even if the Trojans sneaked into the final list heading into Saturday night’s announcement. Assistant coach Mike Summers dropped by Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic during the spring evaluation period, but there hasn’t been much contact since.
James Jarquin, via @jarquin_james: When is Malik Dorton going to commit? We are recruiting him as a LB? Heard he’s a Trojan lean but who’s our competition for him? How many receivers are we looking to take this class? With physical practices we need more depth. Any standout WR recruits?
WeAreSC: Dorton intends to announce his commitment on Friday, Aug. 23. He told me earlier this week he’s being recruited as the hybrid backer in the new 5-2 defensive front. Even though he prefers defensive end, he has no issue with playing outside linebacker in college. UCLA was Dorton’s early leader, but Arizona State and Washington have surfaced as other schools to worry about moving forward.
I can see USC wanting to sign at least three receivers in this cycle after getting only Steven Mitchell in February. The big targets out there are Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central) and John “JuJu” Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly), though they could all play in the secondary as well. In the tier below them, receivers like Erik Brown (Fontana, Calif./Summit) and Jordan Lasley (Gardena, Calif./Serra) could eventually pick up USC offers.
@_FightOn1, via Twitter: With USC recruiting Adoree’ Jackson as a WR, who are our targets at cornerback?
WeAreSC: Four-star Adarius Pickett appears to be the biggest target, at least in the state. Cornerback recruiting for the Trojans has unraveled a bit this year, with prospects like Jonathan Lockett (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) and Naijiel Hale (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) moving on after not landing offers this past spring. USC could certainly make a move on them and others at a later time, but we saw how that strategy worked out in the previous cycle, with the last-ditch pursuit of Washington signee Jermaine Kelly (Los Angeles/Salesian) serving as a prime example.
Brandon Matthews, via @bcmatthews: With the possibility of Randall Telfer and Xavier Grimble leaving, how many tight ends will SC try to sign?
WeAreSC: One for sure, maybe two. USC didn’t sign a tight end in the 2013 class.
Four-star prospect Bryce Dixon (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure) appears to be the closest the Trojans are to a commitment, but the 6-foot-4, 230-pound standout is still weighing his options and plans to visit some schools this fall before deciding. USC, UCLA and Oregon are at the top of his list, but I think it will be a local battle until the end.
Juco prospect Jean Sifrin (Torrance, Calif./El Camino College) and Ryan Izzo (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII) are also names to keep tabs on moving forward.
Dee Hunter, via @I_Am_Nice05: Is this the last year of the recruiting sanctions?
WeAreSC: Yes. This is the last year the Trojans will be limited to 15 scholarships. They have 20 available in this cycle, though, with five unused scholarship from 2013 carrying over to the 2014 class. It should help that Toa Lobendahn (La Habra, Calif./La Habra), Jordan Poland (La Jolla, Calif./Country Day School), Michael Wyche (Chesapeake, Va./East Los Angeles College), Jordan Austin (Claremont, Calif./Claremont) and D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) all intend to enroll early.