Friday, March 8, 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.
billsb1970: Blair, it is interesting that we offer out-of-state recruits first and yet other big programs offer the local recruits before the Trojans. Shouldn't the Trojans put a fence around California first?
WeAreSC: It's a tricky situation, for sure. It seems as if out-of-state schools have to offer very early now to stay in the race for prospects.
You would obviously like to see USC lock down the L.A. area, but based on reputation and proximity alone, the Trojans can afford to wait a bit more. The recruitment of local prospects has not been an issue in the past, so there isn’t much to be concerned about.
Unlike several top linebackers from out of state, Dwight Williams is still waiting on an offer from USC.
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei cornerback Jonathan Lockett netted offers from Notre Dame and Oregon this week, while Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Damien Mama was offered by Alabama, Notre Dame and Oklahoma. Both would be thrilled to land USC offers, so the Trojans don’t really hurt themselves by waiting a bit.
mattav12: Blair do you think Dwight Williams will eventually get an offer and if so does SC still have a shot to get him?
WeAreSC: Yes, I think Williams will eventually get an offer. USC still has a shot at him, but I know Williams was frustrated when he left the recent junior day without an offer.
Waiting long does create a bit of tension. For instance, Williams is aware the Trojans have been offering some out-of-state linebackers in recent weeks.
Mike Gutierrez (Oakland, Calif.): How is our RB recruiting shaping up? Any chance we get Joe Mixon?
WeAreSC: Mixon was offered during junior day, bringing his total to a whopping 37. He said he hopes to trim his list to a top 10 or 15 within the next month, and he anticipated the Trojans to make the cut. Mixon expects to make a decision following the high school football season, so he’ll have the luxury of seeing how USC bounces back from a disappointing 2012 showing.
Other running backs USC has extended offers to are Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford), Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), De’Chavon Hayes (Richmond, Va./Lackawanna College), Dalvin Cook (Miami, Fla./Miami Central) and Ronnie Clark (Calera, Ala./Calera).
The emphasis appears to be on locking up a speed back who would complement the power tandem of Justin Davis and Ty Isaac.