USC Trojans: Florida football

2014 RB Racean Thomas gets USC offer 

November, 1, 2012
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Class of 2014 running back Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) received quite the treat on Halloween.

Racean Thomas
Greg Ostendorf/ESPN.com2014 RB Racean Thomas earned a USC offer on Wednesday to go along with offers from Alabama, LSU and Florida.
The ESPN Watch List member picked up a verbal offer from USC running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu, adding to a list that already included SEC powers Alabama, Florida and LSU. Thomas was close to committing recently, but with more schools entering the fold, that's no longer the case.

"This USC offer means a lot," the 5-foot-11, 182-pound Thomas said. "It's just another school that I can consider going to, really. It feels good to have another opportunity. It's not a big deal in my decision because in my mind, I was thinking I was going to wait it out, anyway. Earlier this season, I was feeling like I was ready to commit but as of right now, I'm probably going to wait it out."

On The Mark: BCS title contenders

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The initial BCS standings come out next week, so there's a little time for teams to make up some ground that they might have lost. Mark Schlabach breaks down a handful of title contenders, including Alabama, Oregon, Florida, LSU and USC.

High-profile visitors head to Knoxville 

September, 12, 2012
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Tennessee will host several visitors for Saturday's game against Florida. Most will be unofficial visits. One of the headliners is clearly Derrick Green, the four-star tailback from Richmond (Va.) Hermitage High School, who'll be taking his first official visit.

Green is scheduled to visit Michigan in October. He has also said he'll visit Auburn and is considering Oregon, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech.

Here are some other prospects scheduled to be in Knoxville this weekend:

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ESPN 150 cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) disclosed his list of top five schools Friday via Twitter.

"Top 5 ) 1.Florida 2.Clemson 3.Vanderbilt 4.Miami 5.Notre Dame , USF is not in my top 5 but still considering !" Hargreaves wrote.

Hargreaves also holds offers from Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, USC and numerous others.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback is the No. 4 player in the nation and No. 1 at his position.

See video of Hargreaves at ESPN RecruitingNation.

Big target: DL Eddie Vanderdoes 

July, 8, 2012
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One of the biggest USC recruiting targets at The Opening -- literally and figuratively -- has been defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes from Auburn (Calif.) Placer.

Vanderdoes (6-foot-3, 285 pounds) is a player who is athletic enough to also star as a baseball pitcher in addition to being one of the most highly touted d-line prospects in the nation and he is a huge priority on the wish list for Trojans coaches.

USC would like to add two more bodies on the D-line for this class and Vanderdoes is showing a lot of mutual interest in the Trojans.

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Florida four-star CB set to visit USC 

January, 9, 2012
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Four-star cornerback Tracy Howard (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) will visit USC this weekend, according to his mother, Shaiy Howard.

Howard, who is ranked in the ESPNU 150 as the No. 1 corner and the No. 18 player in the country, was also planning to visit Alabama before signing day, but that visit appears unlikely at this point.

Howard has already visited West Virginia and Florida State and is still planning to visit Florida and LSU before making a decision. Howard’s mother also said that her son’s last visit will likely be to LSU, but the visit dates are not firm.

Howard recently told HornsNation that Florida and LSU were his leaders.

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