USC Trojans: Desmond Harrison

Juco OT Harrison sets decision date 

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Desmond Harrison has taken all his visits and met with all his recruiters countless times. He’s ready to make a decision.

The three-star Contra Costa (Calif.) College offensive tackle is planning to announce his commitment Monday.

USC primed for recruiting drama 

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The sudden decommitment of ESPN 150 defensive end Kylie Fitts (Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley) on Tuesday added a twist to the ever-changing USC recruiting landscape, stirring a bit of drama with less than four weeks until national signing day.

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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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Juco OL Desmond Harrison visits USC 

December, 18, 2012
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After taking his fifth and final official visit over the weekend, highly coveted junior college offensive lineman Desmond Harrison (San Pablo, Calif./Contra Costa College) was relieved to finally have gathered all the facts and experienced all the schools he is considering.

Now, following an official visit to USC, the 6-foot-8, 310-pound tackle can mull his options.

"It was a nice time," Harrison said of his trip to Los Angeles. "I enjoyed my time down there. Just being around the players and the coaches, it was nice. I don't really have a favorite part about the visit, but all of it was great. ... USC was the first school I wanted. For me to get that, it's great. I like players there, for sure. (Offensive line) coach (James) Cregg told me if I get down there, I can work my butt off to get where I want to be. He's not just going to hand me a position. I like that."

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DT Bigelow loves L.A., ready for impact 

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Longtime commit Kenny Bigelow (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) got a preview of his fast-approaching move to Los Angeles over the weekend and the No. 2-rated defensive tackle described his official visit to USC as the "best experience ever."

That's hardly a surprise, given that Bigelow has been one of the more vocal and loyal Trojans supporters since he became the first member of the current recruiting class last November.

"Seeing the McKay Center for the first time since it finished was probably my favorite part of the visit," Bigelow said. "I have never seen anything like that before. Hanging with the coaches and talking with the players was great. Coach O and I talked a lot. I sat in during some position meetings and we met one-on-one in his office. He laid out plans for me and told me what he wants me to do. He needs me to come in and make a difference right away."

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Weekend rewind: USC 

December, 17, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- The first member of USC’s current class officially visited campus this weekend and could not have been happier.

“Best experience ever,” defensive tackle commit Kenny Bigelow said. “My host Leonard Williams was great.”

Bigelow, the No. 2-rated defensive tackle who committed to the Trojans last November, is scheduled to enroll shortly after the Jan. 5 U.S. Army All-American Game.

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LOS ANGELES -- After more than a week away, the Trojans were back at work in shorts, shoulder pads and helmets on Saturday in preparation for the team’s Hyundai Sun Bowl matchup with Georgia Tech. USC head coach Lane Kiffin was pleased in general with what he saw.

“Good to get back out here after players taking finals, and classes and coaches out recruiting,” Kiffin said. “Good to have Marqise [Lee] back out here after a while off. It didn’t look like he’s missed a beat. There were a number of big plays today and I thought the defense did a great job early on, led by Hayes Pullard.”

Kiffin glad to still have Martin

It’s safe to assume that there were some nervous moments inside the John McKay Center last week, as Tee Martin mulled over a job offer from his alma mater, Tennessee. Fortunately for Kiffin and Co., the highly regarded wide receivers coach decided to remain at USC, a move that figures to pay off for USC not just because of Martin’s ability as a coach, but because of his talents as a recruiter as well.

“It would have been tough to replace him as a coach, it would have been tough to replace him as a recruiter, and certainly we couldn’t have replaced the relationships that he’s already developed with recruits and with players,” Kiffin said. “We’re going to lose him some day because he’s going to be a head coach here pretty soon, but I’m glad we didn’t lose him quite yet.”

Barkley not ready yet

Matt Barkley did not practice on Saturday as he still recovers from a sprained AC joint suffered against UCLA on Nov. 17, but Kiffin does anticipate the senior quarterback to return to action once the team arrives in El Paso for their bowl week workouts on Dec. 26. In his place, Max Wittek and Cody Kessler once again saw extensive time running the offense.

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