USC Trojans: Football recruiting

Signing day is here

February, 5, 2014
Signing day is here, and RecruitingNation will have you covered with commitment news to what it means to your favorite team.

Can't get near a TV? Check out our signing day special on WatchESPN from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. ET And we'll have three online shows on ESPN3 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Here's a full list of announcements.

Here's how the class rankings stack up heading into the day. Check back regularly, as these will be updated each hour.

Where will the nation's top uncommitted players go? Go the the Hot Board Insider for our experts' predictions.

And if you're stuck in the office but want to follow along, join our signing day chat, which will run from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. ET. We'll have our team of experts checking in throughout the day you keep you updated breaking news.

2015 ESPN 300 release chat

July, 16, 2013
If you’re looking for the elite football prospects in the Class of 2015, there’s no need to wait until next year, RecruitingNation has you covered.

We unveiled the ESPN 300 player rankings for the rising junior class earlier today, marking the first time we have compiled a top-300 list for underclassmen. There’s still much for fans to digest with the release, so we’ve recruited our scouts and reporters for a Tuesday chat (beginning at 2 p.m. ET) to shed some light on the list and to make sure fans are familiar with this talented cast of stars.

In addition to participating here, you can follow along on Facebook or tweet us your questions using #ESPNJr300.

Video: Cravens as instant-impact frosh

March, 1, 2013

The Scouts Inc. crew looks at early enrollees who could make an immediate impact in college, headlined by a pair of USC defensive backs.

Max Redfield reveals final trio 

December, 30, 2012
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The verdict is in for Max Redfield. We’ll learn his decision on Friday on ESPN's 5 p.m. ET telecast of the Under Armour All-America Game.

Watch List QB Chryst talented and humble 

December, 20, 2012

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- When Keller Chryst first arrived at Palo Alto (Calif.) High School, he thought of himself as “just a guy from North Carolina.”

His father, Geep, had been hired by the San Francisco 49ers as a quarterbacks coach after working for the Carolina Panthers. Chryst was a freshman. He enrolled in time to go through spring football with the Vikings. By the time his sophomore season started, he was Palo Alto’s starting quarterback.

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QB Max Browne walks off a winner 

December, 3, 2012
TACOMA, Wash. -- As the final few notes of the national anthem echoed through the Tacoma Dome, Max Browne smiled.

The 6-foot-5, 214-pound quarterback (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) was preparing to play his final high school game. He looked like he knew exactly how it would play out.

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Mason Kelley/ESPN.comUSC recruit Max Browne capped his high school career with a second state title.
When the anthem ended, Browne slipped his helmet over his curly blonde hair and a few minutes later led a quick touchdown drive that sparked a 49-24 victory over Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep in the Class 4A state championship game.

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S Leon McQuay talks coaching changes 

December, 2, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The high school career of ESPN 150 safety Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) came to an end on Friday, as Armwood fell in the playoffs to nationally ranked Gainesville (Fla.) High School.

Though his season is over, things are starting to heat up with McQuay's recruitment. He continues to have a top five of Florida State, Oregon, Vanderbilt, Michigan and USC. Michigan defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery was on hand to watch McQuay on Friday.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comLeon McQuay is the No. 3 safety in the nation. He's ranked No. 32 overall in the ESPN 150.
McQuay has taken official visits to all of his favorite schools except for Southern Cal but is planning to visit USC next weekend. Florida State and USC have made a big push for McQuay over the last several months. But with FSU defensive coordinator Mark Stoops taking the head coaching job at Kentucky and USC defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin stepping down this past week, McQuay said he is waiting to see who will replace them before he making any changes with his recruitment.

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Florida commit looking at USC? 

November, 28, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Despite Florida's impressive 11-1 record this season and likely BCS bowl berth, there are a few committed recruits who are still looking at other options.

Florida linebacker commit Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) has been committed to the Gators since Feb. 18, but is now considering Miami and Southern Cal.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comFour-star Florida linebacker commit Quinton Powell is ranked No. 80 overall in the ESPN 150. He is the No. 8 OLB in the class of 2013.
"I haven't set any dates or talked to any coaches yet," Powell said, "but I plan on going to USC and Miami."

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QB Max Browne recaps first USC game 

October, 17, 2012
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- Max Browne didn’t care that he was surrounded by die-hard Washington supporters.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comFour-star QB and USC commit Max Browne is rated the nation's No. 2 pocket passer by ESPN.
The 6-foot-5, 214-pound quarterback (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) wasn’t going to let a few fans keep him from supporting the program he plans to play for next season.

So, even though his section in the CenturyLink Field stands was full of purple and gold, the senior proudly sported his USC gear. He wore a Trojans hat and a black USC sweatshirt. He even brought a little “Fight On” sign.

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UW can't sway USC commit Chris Hawkins 

October, 1, 2012
Chris Hawkins called Washington’s 17-13 win over Stanford, “probably the best college football game I’ve ever been to so far in my life.”

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comChris Hawkins enjoyed his trip to UW, but is still firm to USC.
However, while the 5-foot-11, 159-pound cornerback (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) enjoyed his official visit, he remains “100 percent” committed to USC.

“It was a great environment,” Hawkins said. “It was a great trip. I’m glad I went. I met a couple of the players. The coaches were fun. I liked it. The whole environment of Washington football, they’re just a great team.

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Browne focused on season, not records 

September, 27, 2012
Matt BarkleyTom Hauck/ESPN.comUSC commit Max Browne (left) gets a glimpse into his future by meeting current Trojans signal-caller Matt Barkley.
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- Max Browne's approach to his senior season is simple. If the quarterback takes care of the things he can control, the yards and touchdowns will follow.

So, instead of worrying about statistics, the 6-foot-5, 214-pound USC commit (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) is focused on managing his turnovers.

“One thing I carried from my sophomore to junior year, and I’m trying to carry from my junior to senior year is I’ve been keeping my turnover ratio down,” Browne said. “I threw 13 picks my sophomore year, to seven my junior year. I’m at two right now. I’m trying to keep it there.”

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Thomas Duarte focused on senior season 

September, 16, 2012
One of the more highly recruited uncommitted players in California won't be making a decision anytime soon, as senior tight end Thomas Duarte (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) said after Friday's 51-0 whipping of Santa Monica (Calif.) that he will spent the next several months concentrating on his senior season.

“I sat down with my parents and we talked it over,” Duarte said. “Being here at Mater Dei for three years -- seeing the support system they have and all the help they’ve given me -- my parents told me I kind of owe them this season. I’m focusing on Mater Dei football first. After the season we have time set aside when I’ll be taking all of my officials.”

A mismatch for high school opposition at tight end and defensive end, Duarte has been a big part of the Monarchs' 3-0 start this season. He has nine receptions for 171 yards and four touchdowns, and has added two sacks and an interception on the defensive side of the ball.

Though he won't make a decision anytime soon, Duarte said a handful of schools stand out. That group includes Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington.

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While putting together a tremendous 2013 recruiting class, the USC Trojans have also started work on the 2014 class, hitting the offensive line hard with commitments from tackle Jordan Poland (La Jolla, Calif./Country Day) and guard Toa Lobendahn (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood). And while it appears that Lane Kiffin and staff could stop at two offensive linemen in this class, they'll likely race by that number next year, as an additional offer was extended over the weekend to offensive tackle Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton).

Tucker is the latest in a string of Arizona big men that have been sought after by the Trojans, which includes Christian Westerman, Cyrus Hobbi and Andrus Peat. USC is scholarship offer No. 9 for Tucker, and the Trojans join programs such as Boise State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Washington in the race for the 6-foot-6, 270-pound tackle. And it's a race in which USC finds itself out front.

During an unofficial visit this weekend, Tucker had an opportunity to meet with head coach Lane Kiffin and offensive line back James Cregg.

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Trojans add ESPN 150 DT Vanderdoes 

July, 11, 2012
There was no stopping the USC Trojans on Wednesday. After receiving commitment from offensive linemen Khaliel Rodgers (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) and Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), the Trojans capped off the night with a commitment from the nation's No. 57 player, defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer).

"I really weighed the plusses and minuses of every school and USC had the most plusses," Vanderdoes said. "The academics, the power of the degree, getting a great job in the business industry, the football program is second-to-none, Southern California is a place I love, they're in dire need of depth at the position and that was a huge factor because I want to come in and compete right away. The defensive scheme is a dream for me and I like their attacking style. That separated them from every other school."

The 6-foot-3, 302-pound defensive tackle is a significant addition for USC. Vanderdoes received offers from programs across the country, including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon and Tennessee, and some eyebrows were raised when it seemed as if the Trojans took their time in offering a scholarship. But Vanderdoes said there were no such issues.

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Willis has a top 16 

July, 10, 2012
Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza) planned to release a list of his top 15 schools shortly after the opening, but settled on a final 16 when it became too difficult to cut an additional program.

The schools that made the cut for Willis are Arizona, Arizona State, California, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Utah, Virginia and Washington.

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