Friday, February 22, 2013
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 via Twitter @WeAreSCstaff or @bangulo.
@kingrmo: With 20 scholarships available, how aggressive do you think SC will be on their junior day with offering players?
WeAreSC: The coaching staff used junior day last year to offer four highly touted prospects: Max Browne, Justin Davis, Johnny Johnson and Joe Mathis. It could happen again this year, but USC usually extends offers to in-state recruits during the spring evaluation period. The staff has been aggressive in offering out-of-state prospects, but this event has more of a meet-and-greet feel to it. Freedom (Oakley, Calif.) running back Joe Mixon, who already has more than 30 offers, might add the Trojans to his growing list this weekend.
Elite Calif. TE Tyler Luatua oftens mentions USC as one of his top schools.
Brendan (Solana Beach, Calif.): With the success of recruiting players from Serra and their subsequent success at USC, does SC have any sort of advantage in signing Adoree’ Jackson and Dwight Williams?
WeAreSC: There is definitely an edge given how Robert Woods and Marqise Lee -- who return to the Serra sidelines from time to time -- have starred in college, but the firing of assistant coach Kennedy Polamalu certainly presents an obstacle. Polamalu was the lead recruiter for Jackson, and there’s been minimal communication between the staff and some local prospects in recent weeks. Jackson has maintained that USC will remain among his top schools; Williams at one point said he’d consider committing on the spot if the Trojans offered, but that might no longer be the case.
James (Sherman Oaks, Calif.): In this upcoming recruiting class, do we have any Trojan leans?
WeAreSC: Aside from Jackson and Williams, one name to definitely remember is Tyler Luatua, the ESPN Watch List tight end from La Mirada (Calif.). Luatua has consistently mentioned USC in his top two with Alabama, where his brother plays on the offensive line. Also, don’t be surprised if ESPN Watch List linebacker Jamardre Cobb of Los Angeles Salesian ends up in cardinal and gold. Cobb doesn’t have a USC offer yet but strongly favors the Trojans.
USC86: What type of activities are scheduled for junior day? How much does the class of 2013 have contact with junior day athletes?
WeAreSC: Recruits meet with coaches, are taken on tours and given presentations. There’s also the possibility they will attend the UCLA-USC basketball game at Galen Center, though the 12:30 p.m. tip-off might interfere with the day’s itinerary. The early enrollees won’t serve as hosts, necessarily, as they would on official visits. This is more about coach-recruit relationship building.