USC Trojans: Priest Willis

USC high school all-star game guide 

December, 27, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- With all 16 verbal commitments selected to compete in the upcoming all-star games, the USC Trojans will have great representation under the national spotlight. There will also be particular interest in a handful of in-game announcements, namely that of recent official visitor Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), a top safety target who intends to enroll early. Here’s a guide to all USC recruits in next week’s All-American games:

Under Armour All-American Game

When: Jan. 4, 2 p.m. PT

Checking in with USC's remaining targets 

December, 18, 2012
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The winter dead period has started for college football recruiting, and it’s time to take a look at the remaining targets on USC’s list to see where they stand.

The Trojans currently have 16 commits with a reported maximum of 18 spots -- three early enrollees spots who would count against the Class of 2012 and 15 spots against the Class of 2013.

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Erik McKinney/WeAreSC.comDespite his decommitment, USC is still in the running for DB Max Redfield.
As of today, there are six commits who plan to enroll for the spring semester at USC: Max Browne, Chris Hawkins, Su’a Cravens, Kenny Bigelow, Kylie Fitts and Justin Davis.

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What if ... USC had more scholarships? 

December, 7, 2012
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There have been many hypothetical questions surrounding the USC Trojans. What if senior center Khaled Holmes had been healthy for the Stanford game? What if Matt Barkley had spiked the ball in the last-minute drive at Arizona? What if USC made an adjustment or two against the vaunted Oregon offense?

In the end, there were too many questionable moments this season for a team that couldn't afford any. Now, with the Trojans preparing for the Sun Bowl, recruiting fans have found themselves asking another question.

What if USC had more scholarships to give out?

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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 16

November, 16, 2012
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Alvin Kamara, Derrick GreenESPN.comUncommitted 2013 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green.

ESPN 100 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green can score from anywhere on the field thanks to their breakaway speed, an attribute that makes them very attractive recruits to the Oregon Ducks. Oregon's pursuit of the duo headlines this week’s #BlueChipBattles. Insider

Click through for our list to rank the top 10 recruiting battlesInsider.

Recruiting Mailbag (Nov. 9) 

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WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday.

Ed (N.M.): Interesting tweet you had on [Texas commit] A'Shawn Robinson. I know the talk about possible candidates for the open recruiting slot were three great safeties. Given the problems with defense this year, if A'Shawn is a legitimate chance, do you seeing a top DT being a bigger need than a safety? Thanks.

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Dave HookerJalen Ramsey is still considered solid to USC.
If that defensive tackle is top-rated Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County), then I think the decision is an obvious one. But after losing a commitment from free safety Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo), the void next to strong safety commit Su’a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) in the Trojans’ secondary is perhaps more pressing. If USC can land another highly coveted safety -- either No. 3-rated Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), No. 4-rated Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos de Niza) or No. 8-rated Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) -- then you’d assume Ed Orgeron would settle for highly coveted defensive tackles Kenny Bigelow (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) and Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer).

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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 9

November, 9, 2012
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Max Redfield, Leon McQuayTom Hauck for ESPN.comMax Redfield is out at USC -- is Leon McQuay in?
Think USC was left reeling after Max Redfield (left) decommitted this week? Not really. The Trojans appear to be zeroing in on Leon McQuay III (right). And then there's the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Robert Nkemdiche, who decommitted Thursday. It's an open market in this week’s #BlueChipBattles Insider.

You can also rank the battles this week in SportsNation.

USC recruiting several elite safeties 

November, 6, 2012
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It didn’t take the USC Trojans long to react to the news that safety Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) had decided to decommit on Sunday.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comTahaan Goodman is one of three top 10 safeties the Trojans are recruiting in the wake of Max Redfield's decommitment.
The Trojans reached out on Monday and confirmed an official visit with safety Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) for the weekend of Dec. 7. It’s no coincidence that all of the USC commits who plan to enroll early for the spring semester will be visiting that weekend, considering McQuay is also looking to enroll early at his school of choice. McQuay has already visited Vanderbilt and Oregon with plans to visit Michigan this weekend.

McQuay and USC have long shown interest in each other, so it’s not like the confirmation of a visit came out of nowhere. Even after the Trojans had received a verbal commitment from Redfield over the summer -- which seemingly filled their need at safety when combined with an earlier verbal from Su’a Cravens (Murietta, Calif./Vista Murietta) -- they had continued to stay in touch not only with McQuay but with other safeties such as Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) and Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza).

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McQuay, Goodman could replace Redfield 

November, 4, 2012
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The USC recruiting class had held steady for 99 days. It had filled to capacity some six months before National Signing Day, well before the start of the college football season.

Four-star athlete Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) was one of eight recruits to decide on USC in July alone. On July 18 he became a coveted final piece for a class that already included program building blocks such as No. 2-rated defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy), top-rated safety Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) and No. 2-rated pocket passer Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline).

On Sunday night, Redfield -- who had downgraded his stance on the Trojans to "soft" following an official visit to Notre Dame on Oct. 12 -- officially decommitted from USC.

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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 2

November, 2, 2012
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RecruitingNation has summoned its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits Insider leading up to February's signing day. We'll update our rankings periodically to reflect a change in a player's status (i.e., new offers, trimmed-down list or a positive/negative official visit).

Our writers have debated the list for weeks, but we value your input as well. Voice your opinion on Twitter (@RecruitingESPN) using#BlueChipBattles or vote for which player should hold the No. 1 spot on Facebook.

WeAreSC recruiting mailbag -- Oct. 19 

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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 here.

Motovich (Torrance, Calif.): With Chris Hawkins not a sure thing, which of the current DB commits and potential recruits could play CB easily? We have a lot of athlete/DB commits or prospects that are more safety-types.

If the Trojans were to lose Hawkins -- which I doubt they will -- they could make a run at Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos de Niza) to fill the void. Willis is listed at safety now, but the common belief is that he’ll play corner in college. At this point, losing a commitment would presumably free up a spot for either Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) or Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga).

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USC in some #BlueChipBattles

October, 5, 2012
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RecruitingNation has summoned its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits leading up to February's signing day.

The Trojans, of course, are in a few battles to complete their class. One of them is for safety Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza), who has USC on his list, and Montravius Adams (Vienna, Ga./Dooly County) has talked about making an official visit.

Read more about the #BlueChipBattles Insider for the 2013 signing classes.

Five recruits who could still be in play 

August, 28, 2012
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Scholarship limitations didn't prevent USC from filling its recruiting class more than six months before national signing day, and it likely won't hinder its pursuit of elite talent.

The Trojans' class sits at 18 players -- eight of whom intend to enroll next spring -- with three counting toward the 2012 group. That would leave only 10 available spots when the first Wednesday of February rolls by, but a lot can happen between now and then.

Here are five top athletes who are still in contact with USC and could end up wearing the cardinal and gold.

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Rapid Reaction: Hatcher to USC 

July, 27, 2012
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And then, there was one.

Four-star defensive end Jason Hatcher from Louisville (Ky.) Trinity committed to USC on Friday afternoon, becoming the 17th pledge for the 2013 recruiting class and leaving only one remaining spot. Some thoughts on what his commitment means:

The fourth piece: Counting Hatcher, USC reeled in four defensive linemen in the class -- two ends and two tackles -- to create a front that, on paper, looks like a nightmare in the making for future Pac-12 offenses. Hatcher joins fellow defensive end commit Kylie Fitts from Redlands (Calif.) East Valley, as well as tackle commits Kenny Bigelow from Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy and Eddie Vanderdoes from Auburn (Calif.) Placer.

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WeAreSC Recruiting Mailbag 

July, 27, 2012
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Ty IsaacTom Hauck/ESPNHSEven if Silas Redd was to transfer to USC from Penn State, it's highly doubtful the commitments of running backs Ty Isaac (pictured) or Justin Davis would be affected.
WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it here.

Sean (Las Vegas, Nev.): If Silas Redd transfers from Penn State to USC, should USC fans be concerned that it might soften the commitments of either [Ty] Isaac or [Justin] Davis?

No. Projected starting tailback Curtis McNeal is a senior, so he won't be around when Isaac or Davis arrive on campus. If Redd, a junior, were to transfer to USC, Isaac and Davis would have to compete against him for only one year. That's really what it narrows down to: Competition.

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WeAreSC Roundtable 

July, 26, 2012
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Tahaan GoodmanGarry Paskwietz/WeAreSC.comWith his cousin and high school teammate, Chris Hawkins, already committed to USC, perhaps Tahaan Goodman will be convinced to take the Trojans' last scholarship in the 2013 class.
“If defensive end Jason Hatcher commits to USC tomorrow, the Trojans will only have one scholarship left for the class of 2013. List three players you would consider for that final spot and why.”

Garry Paskwietz

DL Torrodney Prevot (Houston/Taylor): It appears as if LSU is the leading school for Prevot right now but he could get a full court press from the SC coaches to gauge his interest in the Trojans.

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