USC Trojans: Mario Edwards

Multiple top 10 recruits no guarantee 

June, 21, 2013
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As Michigan looks to add to a No. 1 recruiting class Insider that already includes No. 2 Jabrill Peppers, we look back at other schools that landed multiple top 10 recruits fared in those players' tenures. While Alabama hit a home run in 2009 -- landing future first-round picks Dre Kirkpatrick and Trent Richardson -- others have seen mixed results.

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Stephen Dunn/Getty ImagesJoe McKnight never quite reached the lofty expectations placed on him as the No. 1 recruit in USC's stacked 2006 class.
2006

USC Trojans
Vidal Hazelton (No. 3 recruit) Taylor Mays (8), Antwine Perez (10)
The trio signed with a USC program that was coming off back-to-back BCS title game appearances, but their reality ended up being a pair of transfers and a final game for Mays in the Emerald Bowl. Perez played sparingly as a true freshman and then transferred to Maryland. Hazelton was the leading receiver for the Trojans in his sophomore year with 50 catches but transferred to Cincinnati after his junior year. Mays stayed all four years and earned All-American status before being drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft by the 49ers. -- Garry Paskwietz

ESPNU Signing Day Times

January, 31, 2012
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ESPNU's national signing day coverage kicks off at 9 a.m. ET. Here's the list of the announcements and time for some of the top prospects.

NOTE: Bold names are announcements, all others are interviews.

ESPNU Signing Day Times

January, 30, 2012
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ESPNU's national signing day coverage kicks off at 9 a.m. ET. Here's the list of the announcements and time for some of the top prospects.

NOTE: Bold names are announcements, all others are interviews.

Thursday's episode of RecruitingNation

January, 19, 2012
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Tune in to ESPNU at 5:30 p.m. ET today for RecruitingNation. Tom Luginbill, Craig Haubert and national and local writers from RecruitingNation break down the latest recruiting news from across the country.

Thursday's show will look at the impact on Gunner Kiel’s decision to attend Notre Dame, what the pledge does for the Irish and where does LSU go now at quarterback? There will also be analysis on Mario Edwards’ decision to eliminate Texas from consideration on Thursday, what Jameis Winston is going to do and how Oklahoma is going do to recover from losing one of its best recruiters.

Luginbill and Haubert will also review the new ESPNU 150 rankings that were released on Thursday and highlight some of the big risers and fallers.

The broadcast can also be seen on WatchESPN.
ESPNU 150 defensive end Leonard Williams (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) took his official visit to Florida State this weekend and left with a new outlook on his recruitment.

Going into the visit, Williams had Auburn and Florida at the top of his list. Now he says there are no favorites.

"I don't think it's right to list a favorite right now," Williams said. "I loved my visit at Florida State and I was really impressed with the coaches and how much the coaches and players interacted.

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Under Armour film review 

January, 6, 2012
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USC’s only verbal commit playing in the Under Armour All-America Game was Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick. The tight end from Rocklin, Calif., was the Black team’s most productive receiver for the majority of the game. In the second quarter, Fitzpatrick had two catches on the same drive that totaled for 25 yards. On one of those catches he took on four White defenders, who struggled in bringing the big tight end down.

The highlight for Cope-Fitzpatrick was in the third quarter, when he was thrown a very difficult pass that he had to readjust to on the fly while making a acrobatic catch in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. Other than a dropped pass in the fourth quarter, Cope-Fitzpatrick had a very good game and showed that he can be productive coming in as a freshman.

On the offensive line, there were two USC hopefuls that stood out from the rest. Isaac Seumalo (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis), who is being recruited more for his services at the guard position, was lined up at right tackle for the White team. Seumalo hands down had the best technique and overall game of the linemen and proved why he is one of the top interior linemen in this year’s class.

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Several USC commits and targets continue to make noise during all-star practices in both San Antonio and Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

At the Army All-American Bowl, the West offensive line has been a focal point, as expected. USC commit Jordan Simmons (Encino, Calif./Crespi) injured his knee early and his status for the game is in question, but fellow USC commit Max Tuerk (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita) has impressed, as have USC targets Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) and Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes). Murphy provided an update to RecruitingNation's Damon Sayles, saying he will choose between USC, Stanford, Oregon, Florida and California, but will hold off until he can take two more official visits. Murphy will visit Stanford on Jan. 13 and USC on Jan. 20. Most expect it to come down to those two schools for the talented tackle.

At the Under Armour All-America Game practices, USC tight end commit Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) has been generating plenty of positive buzz. He was very active today and has provided his quarterback with a solid red zone target.

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The first all-star game may still be a few days away, but USC targets and commits have been making news since checking in for the various games.

At the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl practices, USC commit Scott Starr (Norco, Calif./Norco) has received rave reviews for his performance, which is no surprise to Trojans fans. Starr has reportedly been a constant presence around the ball and made sure to bring his physical, attacking style of play with him to Arizona.

USC targets Tee Shepard (Fresno, Calif./Washington Union) and Deontay Greenberry (Fresno, Calif./Washington Union) have made some noise during their time at that game as well. Greenberry has shined on both sides of the ball, displaying his ability to make an impact at wide receiver, cornerback or safety at the next level.

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Edwards enjoys weekend at OU 

December, 18, 2011
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Standout defensive end Mario Edwards (Denton, Texas/Ryan) didn’t hint one way or the other about leaning more to Oklahoma and less to Florida State after a huge weekend visit in Norman with multiple commits and top prospects on hand.

The five-star Seminoles commit and the nation’s top-ranked player did comment on how he enjoyed being in Norman and all that it had to offer.

“It was pretty good, a nice experience,” said Edwards, who attending the Sooners' team banquet weekend festivities. “I got to really get a feel for the place. It was a pretty good environment.”

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