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Black Team offense

Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)

Running back: Alvin Kamara

Receiver: Alvin Bailey (Florida), Robert Foster (Alabama), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington)

Tight end: O.J. Howard (Alabama)

Offensive tackle: Darius James (Texas), Denver Kirkland

Offensive guard: Grant Hill (Alabama), Joas Aguilar (Texas A&M)

Center: Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame)

Captains: Kelvin Taylor, Hunter Bivin, Robert Nkemdiche, Ben Boulware

Black Team defense

Defensive end: Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel

Defensive tackle: Greg Gilgmore (LSU), Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii)

Inside linebacker: Ben Boulware (Clemson)

Outside linebacker: Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Matthew Thomas

Safety: Keanu Neal (Florida), Leon McQuay III

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame)

Black Team special teams

Long snapper: Tyler Kluver (Iowa)

Kicker/punter: Sean Covington (UCLA)

White Team offense

Quarterback: Kevin Olsen (Miami)

Running back: Keith Ford (Oklahoma)

Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ryan Green (Florida State), Jalin Marshall (Ohio State)

Tight end: Hunter Henry (Arkansas)

Offensive tackle: Derwin Gray (Maryland), Dorian Johnson (Pittsburgh)

Offensive guard: Patrick Kugler (Michigan), David Dawson (Michigan)

Center: Scott Quessenberry (UCLA)

White Team defense

Defensive end: Carl Lawson (Auburn), Joey Bosa (Ohio State)

Defensive tackle: Henry Poggi (Michigan), Kelsey Griffin (South Carolina)

Inside linebacker: Reuben Foster, Yannick Ngakoue

Outside linebacker: Trey Johnson

Safety: Max Redfield, Antonio Conner

Cornerback: Gareon Conley (Ohio State), Shaq Wiggins (Georgia)

White Team special teams

Long snapper: Brendan Turelli

Kicker: Ryan Santoso (Minnesota)

Punter: Shane Tripucka

Captains: Ryan Green, Hunter Henry, Patrick Kugler, Reuben Foster

S Malcolm Cook re-opens recruitment 

December, 5, 2012
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Malcolm Cook (Fork Union, Va./Fork Union) hasn't officially decommitted from Virginia following the firing of four assistants, but the safety said he's re-opening his recruitment.

In the last 48 hours, the prospect has received 11 offers and entertained visits and phone calls from the likes of Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and USC. He planned to speak with the Trojans after basketball practice Wednesday, and he chatted in-person with Penn State assistant Charles London on Tuesday.

"It doesn't really matter to me about other schools looking at me," he said, when asked whether this new attention was a consolation. "The reason I committed to Virginia was because of the defensive coordinator, Coach [Jim] Reid. So I was really hurt by Coach Reid not being there.

Trojans know this feeling

July, 23, 2012
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It’s a familiar feeling today for USC fans as the NCAA brings down the swift hands of punishment on the Penn State football program.

While the process for rendering the penalties was unprecedented for the NCAA, the dramatic impact of the penalties was not. Just as USC was faced with bowl bans and scholarship reduction that threatened to stagger the program for many years, the Penn State Nittany Lions are faced with a real challenge to maintain any semblance of the elite program they have known for so many years.

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WeAreSC Roundtable: Opening version 

July, 5, 2012
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Nico FalahTom Hauck for ESPN.comAs the top West Coast offensive lineman participating in The Opening, Nico Falah will get a chance to prove if his rise up the recruiting rankings is legitimate.
Which five USC recruits, committed or uncommitted, are you most looking forward to following at The Opening?

Garry Paskwietz
CB Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy): There is a lot of buzz right now about the possibility of Ramsey becoming a Trojan. He made two visits to the USC campus in the last month and also took part in the recent Rising Stars Camp. This event will offer a real opportunity to see how he performs on the same field as some of the top West Coast corners such as Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga).

OL Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco): This is a big step up for Falah, a newcomer to the game who has seen his stock rise this spring to the point where he is competing on this national stage. Look for him to show why he’s the only offensive lineman in the state to have an SC offer.

WR Eldridge Massington (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite): It’s going to be nice to see all three USC receiver commits in action at the same time. I’ve seen both Steven Mitchell (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany) and Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica), so I’m looking forward to seeing Massington for the first time. There have been reports of his combination of speed and legit height and it will be good to judge him in person.

RB Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic): This should be a great glimpse into the future of the Trojan tailback spot. I’ve seen Justin Davis (Stockton, Calif./Lincoln) but this will be the first look at Isaac as well as a chance to see them together. Isaac impressed a lot of people at the Nike Camp with his ability to catch the ball and this event could give him a chance to show those skills again.

WR Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee): The Trojans already have three receiver commits but there’s a reason the coaches continue to show interest in Treadwell. Other commits such as Isaac and Hawkins have praised him as well.

Erik McKinney
QB Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline): The quarterbacks are going to be front and center during the two-day, 7-on-7 portion of The Opening, and that will be Browne’s chance to show how he compares to his fellow quarterbacks.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comThe WeAreSC panel is looking forward to seeing how Texas native Eldridge Massington looks alongside his fellow Trojans wide receiver commits.
WR Eldridge Massington: There are several big wide receivers in California, but the Trojans went into Texas to grab Massington. It should be fascinating to see how his combination of size and speed stacks up against the in-state wide receivers.

CB Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton): Last year Tracy Howard was the No. 1 cornerback from Florida. The Trojans were chasing and after watching him for about 30 seconds at The Opening, it was easy to see why. This year, it’s Hargreaves the Trojans are chasing and the cornerback will have an opportunity to prove that he is the top cornerback in the country.

DE Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland): Mathis was terrific at the Los Angeles Nike Camp and has been working hard this off season to get into better shape. He slid in the most recent ESPN 300 release and will have an opportunity to prove himself with that quick first step against some of the top offensive tackles in the country.

OL Nico Falah: Because the linemen are able to wear pads and helmets at The Opening, it gives a more realistic look at them as players compared to the usual camp setting. There is no shortage of defensive line talent this year, and while Kyle Murphy and Joshua Garnett announced the West Coast presence with authority last season, it will likely be up to Falah to lead the way this year.

Greg Katz
OL Nico Falah: I am looking forward to seeing the type of performance Falah has against some of the top-flight defensive linemen in the country. Having seen this kid at the Nike combine at Cerritos JC in the spring, it seemed he got better and better each rep. Now we’ll see how far he has taken what he has learned, and there is extra intrigue since he is considered a Trojans lean.

WR Steven Mitchell: Much has made about the standout summer that Mitchell is having, so, like Falah, let’s see what he does against some of the best defensive backs in the nation. You could also throw in fellow Trojans verbal Sebastian LaRue to find out if both he and Mitchell are as explosive as advertised, especially in separation.

DL Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer): We’ll find out more about the hyped Vanderdoes. Vanderdoes has gotten a great deal of national publicity, so if Falah is the best offensive lineman in California and Vanderdoes the best defensive lineman in the state, let’s get it on and find out who’s the real deal. This certainly will be one of the camp highlights, especially for those that follow Trojans recruiting.


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Ty Isaac, Justin DavisESPNChicago.com, Courtesy Stephen K. SinnockThe Opening will give Trojans fans a chance to look at their future backfield, as running back commits Ty Isaac (left) and Justin Davis (right) will join quarterback commit Max Browne.
There will be 150 of the top high school prospects in the nation in attendance this week at The Opening, with plenty of USC recruits on hand.

In fact, USC will have eight verbal commits taking part in the event which starts on Thursday at the Nike headquarters in Oregon, the most from any school.

The list starts with quarterback Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Sammamish) who will make the short trip for the event. Browne is currently the No. 2 pocket passer in the ESPN rankings and this event will be a terrific opportunity for him to compete on the same field with the No. 1 pocket passer on the list, Penn State commit Christian Hackenberg (Fort Union, Va./Fork Union Military Academy).

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