Friday, April 26, 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.
Bahong Tee (@PeaceLoveTae): Texas has 15 commits and USC has three. Should I worry or chill out until February?
WeAreSC: Chill out. Remember, the Trojans had 18 commits by the end of July last year and ended up signing only 12 in February. Realistically, USC is where it should be at this point following a disappointing season. Coaches are hitting the trail during the spring evaluation period, and recruiting activity should heat up with the upcoming Rising Stars Camp.
Gabriel Torres (@Mr_LaBamba): How hard is USC going after Casey Tucker?
WeAreSC: Assistant coach Tommie Robinson made a few recruiting stops in Arizona on Thursday, and he made sure to check on the recent decommit. Steve Belles, Tucker’s coach at Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton, recently said he doesn’t expect the Trojans to slow their pursuit of the ESPN 150 offensive tackle and Tucker told me he will continue to consider the Trojans moving forward.
"I like him," Tucker said of Robinson. "He understood my situation."
Tucker has scheduled a visit to Stanford for next month.
Robinson also dropped by Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix for wide receiver Jalen Brown and offensive lineman Natrell Curtis, Desert Mountain in Scottsdale for ESPN 150 tandem of quarterback Kyle Allen and tight end Mark Andrews, and Chaparral in Scottsdale for ESPN 150 cornerback Tyler Whiley. Curtis and Whiley told me USC offers could be coming soon.
@Pease_And_Qs (via Twitter): No offer for Dwight Williams?
WeAreSC: No, not yet. USC assistants went to Gardena (Calif.) Serra recently and extended scholarship offers to 2015 prospects Rasheem Green and John Houston Jr., but not to Williams.
Mattav12: Blair, how good is Cordell Broadus and do you think SC is his leader?
WeAreSC: I think the 2015 receiver is very good, especially for someone who has two more seasons of high school football left. He's a tall, possession-type receiver who makes plays in the end zone. Broadus and 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen of St. John Bosco form an unstoppable tandem in the 7-on-7 circuit.
Broadus wouldn't peg the Trojans as his leader when I spoke to him the day of his offer, but at this point I’d have to believe they are. He's been a big USC fan his entire life and was one of a handful of 2015 prospects invited to junior day in February. Other schools will enter the picture, but he really likes USC. He also has offers from Duke, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington.
@Kingrmo (via Twitter): What's with the Dwight Williams snub in the top 150? And with “JuJu” (John Smith) that low, seems like ESPN doesn't consider the West strong this year.
WeAreSC: "JuJu," in my opinion, is right there with Adoree' Jackson for the title as the area's top player. Jackson is the No. 5-rated player overall, while Smith is No. 62, but I think the uncertainty surrounding Smith's projected college position affects things a bit. He's the No. 7-rated athlete overall, but he might be ranked higher if he were labeled solely as a receiver or just as a safety. As for Williams, I don't envision him staying out of the ESPN 150 for long.
Fernie Solano (@FernDigg55): What are the odds a decommit comes back and commits? Five percent?
WeAreSC: The odds aren’t great, but with nearly nine months to go until national signing day, I wouldn’t completely rule out Tucker to USC just yet.