Friday, September 7, 2012
WeAreSC Recruiting Mailbag
By Blair Angulo
WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it here.
Matt (Los Angeles, Calif.): Do you think Adoree' Jackson and Dwight Williams end up at SC? Also do you think either Tahaan Goodman or Leon McQuay will be Trojans? Thanks!
It's early, but I think USC has as good a chance as any school to land the talented 2014 duo from Gardena (Calif.) Serra. The Trojans have established a pipeline of sorts there, with former Serra stars Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and George Farmer on the current roster. Jackson, a defensive back, and Williams, a linebacker, appear to be Serra's next elite recruits. Both were in attendance at USC's opener against Hawaii last week and they told me they had a great time. Neither has been offered yet, but Jackson said he thinks the Trojans could be close to doing so.
As far as Goodman goes, USC appears to be the school to beat. He's scheduled to visit LSU on Nov. 2 for the Alabama game, but the Tigers have some ground to make up. McQuay took an unofficial trip to USC on Sunday but will hold off until after the high school season to make his decision.
Evan (Norwalk, Calif.): When does McQuay plan to visit? Su'a Cravens and Max Redfield are USC's future safeties, but McQuay would be a nice get! Fight on!
McQuay hopes to take his official visit to USC on the weekend of Nov. 2 for the Oregon game. It has the potential to be a crucial weekend for the Trojans because McQuay also has the Ducks in this top five, along with Florida State, Michigan and Vanderbilt.
Harvey (Huntington Beach, Calif.): With the limits, do you hear of the Trojans having serious interest in any junior college recruits in 2013?
USC offered defensive tackle Toby Johnson (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson Community College) but, with Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) on board, the Trojans are set at the position now.
Craig H. (Venice Beach, Calif.): Would Chris Hawkins have much influence on Tahaan Goodman's decision?
Perhaps, but not much. Hawkins has told me he's in Goodman's ear all the time -- at lunch, in practice, outside of school -- but the fact that Goodman has yet to decide is telling. It's not because Hawkins and Goodman aren't good friends, but rather because Goodman intends to take his time with the process. They'll be thrilled if they end up at the same college but shrug it off if they don't.