Friday, January 17, 2014
Nine recruits set to visit USC
By Blair Angulo
With the dead period in the rearview mirror, USC kicks off its first big recruiting event of the month on campus this weekend. Six verbal commits and three targets make up the list of visitors this weekend:
No. 4 ATH Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central). After visiting Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Alabama in the fall, the four-star prospect is scheduled to visit USC this weekend and UCLA on Jan. 31. Steve Sarkisian and his staff heavily recruited Quick when they were at Washington, so the trip to campus will be about reestablishing that relationship and selling the Trojans’ program without Ed Orgeron, who was Quick’s primary recruiter. The dynamic receiver intends to announce his decision on national signing day.
ATH Charles Nelson (Daytona Beach, Fla./Seabreeze). With depth a major concern for next season, Sarkisian has identified versatility as a priority in this class. The Trojans have targeted prospects who could fill various positions and Nelson, a speedster with the ability to be a gamebreaker with the ball in his hands, fits that bill. Nelson, who already officially visited Notre Dame, has also set trips to West Virginia (Jan. 24), Florida (Jan. 27) and Oregon (Jan. 31), so it appears USC will have to leave a lasting impression. Tee Martin would like nothing more than to keep his Florida pipeline flowing.
OLB Drew Lewis (Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake). A late addition to this list, Lewis said he had been committed to Washington since June but has not received a definitive answer from new head coach Chris Petersen regarding a scholarship offer. That means the two-way standout will continue to look around. Assistant coach Peter Sirmon recruited Lewis previously, which is why Lewis said this visit is important so he can check out the USC campus and learn about the academics. An official visit to Washington later this month appears likely, but the Trojans could be a serious player if they extend an offer this weekend.
USC welcomes a half dozen commits. Of the six commits who are scheduled to be on campus, only three-star defensive end Olajuwon Tucker (Gardena, Calif./Serra) has set a trip to another school -- Miami on Jan. 31. The other five commits who will join Tucker at USC this weekend are three-star defensive backs Ajene Harris (Los Angeles/Crenshaw), Jonathan Lockett (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei), John Plattenburg (Houston/Lamar), ESPN 300 athlete Rahshead Johnson (Long Beach, Calif./Cabrillo) and three-star outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne).