USC Trojans: Mark Andrews

ASU game could boost USC recruiting 

September, 25, 2013
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This weekend’s battle in the desert between USC and Arizona State will not only carry massive implications in the Pac-12 South, but it might also serve as a grand opportunity for the Trojans to boost their recruiting efforts there.

One prospect who will be watching USC with “very high” interest is ESPN 300 outside linebacker D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito), who committed to the Trojans at The Opening in July but has since scheduled an official visit to Arizona State for the weekend of Oct. 18. The outcome of Saturday night’s duel will not be an ultimate deciding factor, though a good showing is important nonetheless.

“It’s about the school,” said Calhoun’s father, Derik. “ASU has been on him daily.”

Many other recruits will be watching the primetime showdown, including ESPN 300 offensive tackle Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton), a former USC commit who re-opened his recruitment in April. Tucker will not be in Tempe but will be paying close attention as two of his top schools go head to head.

The final score will carry little importance in his overall thought process, yet Tucker will be analyzing what in-game adjustments are made and how depth charts compare.

“It really depends on the coaching, school and opportunity,” said Tucker, the No. 1-rated player in the state and No. 38 overall in the nation.

Tucker’s high school teammate, ESPN 300 defensive end Qualen Cunningham (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton), also has the Trojans and Sun Devils in his top five. He unofficially visited Texas A&M, where his father played football, for the Aggies’ game against Alabama earlier this month and intends to take a trip to USC after the season.

The game might also affect how some Class of 2015 prospects view both programs as the recruiting process unfolds. ESPN Junior 300 receiver Christian Kirk (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro), who is rated No. 1 in the state for the 2015 class and was one of only five underclassmen to attend The Opening, will keep a close eye on the game even though he will not be at Sun Devil Stadium.

LOS ANGELES -- USC coaches hit the recruiting trail for the first time this spring since the post-signing day staff shakeup, using the evaluation period to reset their boards and assess prospects from all corners of the country.

Here’s an overview of the evaluation period as it relates to offensive recruits:

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Pac-12 Official Visit: IMG West lessons

May, 10, 2013
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West recruiting coordinator Erik McKinney joins Phil Murphy to talk IMG West Regional standouts (notably No. 5 overall recruit Adoree' Jackson), as well as updates on Tyler Luatua and Mark Andrews.
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Some of the region's top teams showcased their skills in the IMG 7v7 West Regional at Fullerton College this past weekend, with the top four squads -- B2G 5-Star, Body By Tra, Those Guys #1 and TGS Warriors -- qualified for the national championship, which runs June 21-23 in Bradenton, Fla. Here is what we learned:

1. B2G gets payback


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2014 offense recruiting breakdown 

May, 2, 2013
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Nearly three months have passed since national signing day and USC’s 2014 recruiting board is slowly taking shape as the spring evaluation period rolls on. With up to 20 available scholarships, the Trojans look to add to the six offensive prospects they signed in the last recruiting cycle. Here’s a look at where USC stands in its offensive recruiting:

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WeAreSC recruiting mailbag 

April, 26, 2013
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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?


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USC signed one player from the Midwest in the 2013 recruiting cycle, four-star running back Ty Isaac of Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy, and the Trojans appear to be looking for more this year.

A handful of offers have been extended to Midwest prospects in the last week, including tight end Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central).

The 6-foot-6 prospect got the offer on Wednesday from new assistant coach Mike Ekeler, a former coach at Indiana and Nebraska who is plenty familiar with the area.


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OL Tucker still committed but looking 

March, 28, 2013
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Aside from being one of the best offensive line prospects in the Class of 2014, Casey Tucker is as straightforward as any recruit in the country. There is no hesitation when he speaks, as unfiltered thoughts flow effortlessly off his lips.

When the Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton offensive tackle says he assumed his recruitment would slow down considerably after he committed to the USC Trojans last summer, he means it. When Tucker says he’s kept his ears open as numerous coaches have made their pitches, he suggests his commitment to USC isn’t as solid as it once was, even though he never completely cut ties with other programs.


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WeAreSC recruiting mailbag 

March, 22, 2013
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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 (via Twitter): Has SC expressed interest in Bryce Dixon? Looks like TE would be a big priority next signing day.

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How USC can use 20 scholarships in 2014 

February, 12, 2013
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USC will have an extra five scholarships to use on the next recruiting class after signing only 12 on Feb. 6. Here’s a look at how the Trojans could spend their 20 scholarships in 2014.


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